National Library Week – Join in the Celebration!

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This week is the annual observance of National Library Week (April 12-18), sponsored by the American Library Association, but marked by many library associations, including the Association of Christian Librarians of which I am a part.

You will find this brief description of the event on the ALA website:

National Library Week (April 12 – 18, 2015) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2015 National Library Week is “Unlimited Possibilities @ your library.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

So what can you do during this National Library Week? I can think of a number of things:

  • Make a special effort to visit your local public library this week and appreciate the resources it makes available to you.
  • Take your children or grandchildren to a public library and expose them to the value of its place in the community and in their education.
  • Visit a “new” library in your area and discover its special resources. Have you ever been to the large and rich Grand Rapids Public Library downtown? Or how about the State of Michigan Library in Lansing? Why not make this the week you take one of these in?
  • On a smaller scale, but no less important, help support your local Christian school library. Make sure your children make use of it. Thank the librarians who serve in them. Offer your help, including donating good books.
  • Build your own library at home, making good books available for yourself, for your friends, and for your children and grandchildren.
  • Give thanks to God for our PRC Seminary library and the role it plays in the preparation of men for the ministry of the Word. And continue to support it – especially with your prayers! Thank you!

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