It’s National Library Week!
This week is National Library Week, which celebrates our nation’s libraries and librarians. This year, the theme is “Communities thrive @ your library.” I’ve always loved the library, but recently I stumbled upon the Cambridge Public Library , which is amazingly awesome. It’s gorgeous inside and out, has an enormous collection and a cool open, friendly feeling.
I did a little research about the history of National Library Week. Pretty interesting, actually:
In the 1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee. Among other things, the committee encouraged people to read in their free time. In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”
Check out the ALA website for more details on the week and for information on events in your area.