This year the American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of National Library Week from April 8 through 14.
The event was first conceived as a response to statistics showing that Americans were spending more on musical instruments, television, and radio and less on books. In 1954 the American book Publishers and ALA formed a non-profit citizens’ organization called the National Book committee.
Its goals ranged from encouraging people to read to improving income and health.
In 1958 the group planned its first National Library Week with the thought process that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. The first National Library Week was held in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!"
This year's theme is Libraries Lead with National Library Week Honorary Chairperson, Misty Copeland. Misty was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre in 2015. She was the first African American woman to ever hold the position in the company's 75 year history. She is also the author of a bestselling memoir, Life in Motion, a 2014 best seller called Ballerina Body in 2017, and a Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award winning picture book from 2015 called Firebird.
Misty's NLW quote is "Discover your passions and achieve your goals at the library." ALA's National Library Week promotes and supports libraries across the country celebrating the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians.
We hope that you will help us celebrate by stopping in at any of the 7 Wayne County Libraries: Bethany, Hamlin, Hawley, Honesdale, Newfoundland, Northern Wayne, & Pleasant Mount.
If you've never been, please stop in and check us out...maybe even get a card. If it's been awhile, come back, renew your card, and see what is new to you. If you are with us all the time, know we appreciate you and are glad to see you each and every day! Bring a friend with you to the library this week. Help them find their passion and achieve their goals!
To celebrate National Library Week, the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale will give tours of the historic library building on Tuesday, April 10th at 3, 4, & 5 p.m. The WCPL operates in a home built in 1869. Learn about the historic aspects of the building & see the unique basement. Cookies and punch will be served.
Also on April 10, authors Gilda Runco (Legacy of the Purpose Stone) and Melody Balthaser (Seeking Sophie) will be on hand from 5 -6 p.m. to discuss their books and meet the public.
Starting Monday, April 9th Children's Librarian, Betty Lawson, is sending you on a National Library Week Mission. E-mail her (firstname.lastname@example.org), message her on her Wayne County Public Library Children's Room Facebook Page, or call her at the library (570-253-1220). She will send you & your family on a top secret mission involving reading. You are allowed one mission per day. All ages welcome. You can also pick up your mission in person (1406 Main Street in Honesdale) which involves a fancy schmancy top secret looking envelop. She will be waiting for you...if you choose to accept the mission!
All libraries throughout the county will have their usual awesome programs during National Library Week. Some will have bookmark giveaways & customer appreciation candy, or other celebrations taking place. For the most part, they will be doing what they do best, helping people and creating community connections. Happy National Library Week! See you at YOUR public library!