National Library Week, April 9 – 15, 2017, is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries and library workers for transforming lives through free access to technology, information literacy, diverse collections and opportunities for community engagement.
The Queen Anne’s County Library will celebrate with giveaways for all customers visiting the Centreville Branch at 121 S. Commerce Street or the Kent Island Branch at 200 Library Circle in Stevensville. The selection of prizes includes scratch cards offering from $1 up to $20 off fines through the end of the calendar year. Other featured items are stylus pens, magnetic clips, stress balls, drawstring sportpacks, beach balls, and balsa gliders.
In a world of rapid technological and cultural change, libraries and library workers are establishing themselves as trusted resources for both individuals and the community at large. Conducting an online search can be a daunting task, even for an experienced researcher, with millions of hits for any question or topic. Librarians are trained experts who can guide library users through this information jungle to find what they are seeking, whether they are verifying news sources, investigating healthcare options or exploring sources of student financial aid.
Libraries also provide a wide range of opportunities for people with diverse wants and interests, including local history and genealogy collections, online access to ebooks, comics, movies, and music, large print materials, internet and technology trainings, story times, art classes and many other programs.
This year’s theme for National Library Week is “Libraries Transform,” and Olympic soccer gold medalist and World Cup champion Julie Foudy is lending her support as National Library Week Honorary Chair. Foudy is helping to shine a light on the value of all types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – and the expertise of library workers.
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.
For more information on National Library Week, visit ILoveLibraries.org/NLW or follow #NationalLibraryWeek. For more information about library events, please call 410-758-0980 or 410-643-8161 or visit www.qaclibrary.org. Please note that Queen Anne’s County Library will be closed on Friday, April 14 and Sunday, April 16. Sunday hours at both branches resume on April 23 from 1-4pm and continue through May 21.