National Library Week

April 10th-16th

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’s a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

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~Emma

Celebrate good libraries – come on!

There’s a party going on right here, a celebration to last throughout… the week. Ok, I’ll stop with the Kool and the Gang, but it is National Library Week and a good time to celebrate all of our wonderful libraries!  Here at Rocky River we are asking for reasons why you love your library – fill out a entry slip and you’ll not only be spreading the love but you’ll have a chance to win a Books-A-Million gift card! Entry slips and box are at the Reference Desk.

Julie

National Library Week is Almost Over…

Isn’t that sad? But isn’t nice that there is a National Library Week at all?! Yes! and Yes! Hopefully you’ve taken a moment to check something out at your favorite library this week, said something kind to your favorite librarian, or thought good thoughts about libraries in general, but if you’d like to finish off the week in high style? PC Magazine has a thoughtful piece discussing how libraries are remaining relevant that you might enjoy reading, and please don’t miss the slide show suggested at the end of the article -it’s fun!

See you on Monday!

— Stacey

Happy Tuesday (during National Library Week!)

Yep! Still here and still going strong! Public libraries, academic libraries, business libraries, school libraries… This is *our* week to feel extra special! How can you help? Oh, so many possibilities! I’ll suggest three and we’ll see if any of those inspire you? (If they don’t, let me know and I’ll try three more?)

1. Come in for a visit! Let’s talk about some good -or bad- books you’ve read recently. We can see how many other patrons we can intrigue with our spirited conversation!

2. Ask for help with a research project! We *love!!* this stuff!! (It’s why we became librarians!) Feel free to make the request challenging and then give us a little time to work on it – we’ll WOW you!

3. Play Trivia Pursuit® with your favorite librarian and then take her out for a celebratory ice cream sundae! (It’s pretty likely that she’s going to win as librarians do seem to know many odd bits about a wide variety of topics…)

So? Which of these non-challenging challenges are you considering? … What about trying all of them?! (I’ll start setting the game board up now!) See you soon!

— Stacey

National Library Week

Medicine for the soul.
– Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes

This week libraries across the country will be celebrating National Library Week. National Library Week, which began in 1958, is a way to recognize, celebrate, and honor the many ways libraries serve communities.

Libraries have existed in some form since the beginning of civilization. Archaeologists have discovered a collection of 5,000 year old clay tablets in ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egyptian scrolls from 1300 bc. These findings and many more are a testament to mankind’s desire to seek, preserve, and share knowledge. Prior to the 4th century bc libraries were private collections, but in 300 bc The Great Library of Alexandria in Egypt was founded as a public library, though it was only open to those who possessed the proper scholarly qualifications. Public libraries have obviously changed throughout the centuries!

The oldest library in the United States began when John Harvard, a clergyman from Massachusetts donated 400 books to a new university that would eventually honor him by adopting his name. Lending libraries were established in the colonies in the 1600’s and private literary societies established subscription libraries in the 1700’s. The first public library in the United States opened in 1833, as the support for free public education increased. Libraries have a long history of evolving to meet the needs of the communities that support them. Here at our own little library, we thank you for your continuing support.

That’s a very brief glimpse at the long and rich history of libraries, and Melvil Dewey wasn’t even mentioned! I’ll try to get to him this week, he’s important to libraries. For a fun (and current) look at the life of professional librarians check out This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson. You’ll find it in the nonfiction section according to its Dewey number: 020.23J. It’s pretty popular around here so you may have to wait in line!

Happy Library Week!

˜Megan