It's National Library Week and the theme for 2018 is "Libraries Lead." Sponsored by the American Library Association, this week is observed by libraries across the nation as a way to celebrate the contributions made to the communities they serve.
This year's Honorary Chair is Misty Copeland, a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, and she is the first African-American woman to ever be promoted to that position in the company's 75-year history. Additionally, she has authored a New York Times bestselling memoir titled Life in Motion and her 2014 book titled Firebird won the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award in 2015. Her latest book is titled Ballerini Body so it appears she will not be slowing down with her dancing or her writing.
2018 marks the 60th anniversary of National Library Week, and it began when research showed Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions, and such musical instruments. To bring attention back tot he joy of reading, made accessible to all through the nation's libraries, this initiative was started and continues to be a successful promotion.
Your Abilene Public Library has served the community since 1899, and we too have found ourselves adapting to the changing of the times to offer the best in library services. With the advancements of technology, and its affordability, people today have access to information no matter where they are. And in an age when many thought libraries ran the risk of becoming obsolete, we've continued to thrive.
We couldn't be more grateful and appreciative of everyone who comes out to visit us at our three locations to checkout books, attend programs, sit in for storytimes, use the makerspace, do some genealogical researching, learn to use our digital services, access downloadable materials, search the Internet, make use of a study room, and more. If you haven't visited your Abilene Public Library recently, we certainly invite you to drop in and allow staff to introduce you to all of our exciting services, available to Abilene residents at no charge.
We would not be the success we are today without your active support, so show some love to your local libraries during National Library Week by visiting us!
Additional Celebrations Hosted During National Library Week
- Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books List (April 9): Released each year with the State of America's Libraries Report that provides a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in libraries and schools.
- National Library Workers Day (April 10): Established for library staff, users, administrators, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
- National Bookmobile Day (April 11): Did you know bookmobiles are still active in the nation? This is the day that recognizes the dedicated professionals who staff these mobile facilities to provide library services throughout the community.