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National Library Week

The American Library Association in conjunction with the National Book Committee sponsored the first National Library Week in 1958. It is a recognized seven-day period in the spring, usually the second week in April, where special attention is given to promoting libraries of all types in the United States. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

National Library Week  April 4-10, 2021


Please take some time to celebrate the libraries and library workers who connect us with the resources we need. Through the week, join in on celebrations, conferences, and events around the country in honor of our libraries. Visit your local library and give your library card a workout.

Find out more by visiting the American Library Association. 

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Library Meanings


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li·brar·y, noun


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1. a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to: "a school library" 2. a collection of books and periodicals held in a library: "the Institute houses an outstanding library of 35,000 volumes on the fine arts"  3. a room in a private house where books are kept.   

What is a “Library”?  (Reproduced from:

The word "library" seems to be used in so many different aspects now, from the brick-and-mortar public library to the digital library. Public libraries—and indeed, all libraries--are changing and dynamic places where librarians help people find the best source of information whether it's a  book,  a web site, or database entry.

In The Librarian’s Book of Lists (Chicago: ALA, 2010), George Eberhart offers this definition:

"A library is a collection of resources in a variety of formats that is (1) organized by information professionals or other       experts who (2) provide convenient physical, digital, bibliographic, or intellectual access and (3) offer targeted services and programs (4) with the mission of educating, informing, or entertaining a variety of audiences (5) and the goal of stimulating individual learning and advancing society as a whole." (p.1)

This definition is in turn compiled from:

              (1) Heartsill Young, ed., The ALA Glossary of Library and Information

                   Science (ALA, 1983)

              (2) Robert S. Martin, "Libraries and Learners in the Twenty-First Century,"

               Cora Paul Bomar Lecture, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,

                April 5, 2003.

              (3) Deanna B. Marcum, "Research Questions for the Digital Era Library,"

                  Library Trends 51 (Spring 2003): 636-651.

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