Did you know a week is designated each year to honor and promote libraries? National Library Week began officially in 1958 and is sponsored by the American Library Association. It began out of a growing concern that people were listening more to radio and television and spending less time reading. A concerned citizens’ committee set goals such as “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time,” “improving incomes and health” and “developing strong and happy family life.” The theme of that first celebration was “Wake Up and Read!”
This year National Library Week will be observed April 8-14 and the theme is “You Belong @ your library.” We are planning several exciting activities, one of which includes a bookmark contest in which the winners will have their bookmarks professionally reproduced. The contest forms are now available at library.stillwater.org and are due April 1.
Many things have changed in our world, our city, since 1958. One thing has not changed: the importance and necessity of being able to read. Librarians, whether public or school, know how to get children to read and develop a life-long love of reading. The Stillwater Public Library, along with libraries everywhere, is committed to providing the opportunities and support to help people keep reading and learning for the rest of their lives.
The Stillwater Public Library offers many children’s programs, including storytimes, throughout the year to foster a love of reading. The library provides a place for teens to study and get information for homework. The library has information and technology available to adults seeking new job skills and applying for jobs.
The Stillwater Public Library, librarians and staff, would love to help you open that door to opportunity, to enjoyment, and to a better understanding of the community and world we live in. Please come see us soon and often – “You Belong @ your library”!