Library Week celebrates public resource, service for all
For centuries, libraries have been a key resource and cornerstone of communities across the country, and one week in April is dedicated to this public service.
National Library Week, which is April 10-16 this year, celebrates the importance of this institution. This year’s theme is set around how “Libraries Transform” communities and citizens.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are approximately 9,000 libraries across the children. In addition, according to the American Library Association, 82 percent of public libraries offer after-school programs such as career planning, computer schools.
Beyond community libraries, there are a number of school libraries that have proven a key resource to several underprivileged students. In fact, according to a number of studies, school libraries play an integral role in student achievement as they offer books, resources, Internet and staff to help students.
As a part of this year’s theme, the “Libraries Transform” initiative is encouraging those who visit their library to share why or how libraries have transformed their life on social media using #LibrariesTransformed.