National Library Week: Celebrate National Library Workers Day!

By Christina P. Tue, April 10, 2018

National Library Week, held annually during the 2nd week of April, recognizes the values of libraries in our communities. This national observance, which is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

In the 1950s, ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a non-profit group known as the National Book Committee. They were concerned that people were reading less due to the growth of radio and television. The plan for National Book Week was finalized in 1957 and observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read”. Although the National Book Committee dissolved in 1974, the American Library Association assumed full sponsorship.

Today we celebrate National Library Workers Day, recognizing the contributions made by Free Library staff who advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity each and every day in libraries throughout our great city. From offering social service support and health services to career and small business development assistance and tools to help combat fake news, library staff provide opportunities for engagement, enrichment, and development. This year’s theme, “Libraries Lead”, acknowledges that our profession is adapting beyond traditional service to meet the needs of our ever-growing communities. Thanks to our staff, the Free Library of Philadelphia is at the forefront of this movement!

To show appreciation for library workers and the work they do throughout the year, library users are invited to "Submit a Star" by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee from their neighborhood library. Examples of nominations can include how library staff helped with writing a resume, an exciting event or program they attended led by engaged library staff, or how a library staff member helped find that book that you only remembered part of the title to or the author's first name. Each testimonial will be posted in the “Galaxy of Stars” on the National Library Workers Day website to honor deserving library workers. Nominate a library worker for recognition today!

You can also shine a light on library workers on social media, via Twitter, using the hashtag #NLWD18, and/or posting a comment on the NLWD Facebook page

Take a minute to watch our great staff in action, and thank you to all of the Free Library employees who help transform lives!

Fumo Family Library Staff
Fumo Family Library Staff
Lillian Marrero Library Staff
Lillian Marrero Library Staff
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library Children's Department Staff
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library Children's Department Staff

Comments

Our community library has made many improvements over the years..with that said, My daughter loves her library, and all of the staff have been so amazing with my 8 yr. old daughter! My daughter can't wait to get out of school to come to the LEAP program after school, which by the way, is amazing, with their tutors, whom have helped my little girl get the confidence up to ask questions, and to get her math grade up, overall, from a C plus, to an A! My daughter's self esteem has sky rocketed since she has been coming to our Community library.. I can't thank you all enough!! Big shout out to all the worker's @The Fishtown Library! Thank You All
Kristen Lynn Borman-Rosario - Philadelphia, Fishtown Library Branch Wed, April 11, 2018
it has been my experience that library workers are stupid , boring and ugly. they sit and give out wrong information. they should all be fired and replaced by google text to speech..
THOMAS fREEMAN jR. - main library, Philadelphia, Pa. Sat, April 14, 2018

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