Since 1958, National Library Week has celebrated libraries' place in American society. This year's celebration, from April 1-7, also kicks off the Campaign for America's Libraries. With the goal of increasing public awareness of the value of libraries, the campaign will continue through the next five years.
The Baltimore County Public Library took baby photographs when parents come in to sign up for cards during the celebration week. Children from ages 5 to 15 using their card were entered into a bookstore drawing.
The Las Vegas Public Library District declared Amnesty Week in honor of National Library Week. Overdue fines and charges for lost or damaged materials were waived for all Las Vegas-Clark County Library District material.
The Missoula (Montana) Public Library planned a special event for each day of the week. Patrons learned how to make a family history book on Tuesday or enjoyed a band concert on Friday.
The Schaumburg (Ill.) Township District Library kicked off National Library Week with "Pigs on Parade." Patterned after Chicago's "Cows on Parade" and Cincinnati's "Big Pig Gig," STDL will feature ceramic piggy banks decorated by library staff. Featured pigs include "Piggy Sue Got Married" and "Hogwarts." Patrons will vote for their favorite pig by purchasing 25-cent raffle tickets at the library checkout desk. On April 9, the library will hold a drawing and award winners the pig they voted for. All proceeds will benefit a nearby children's advocacy center.
The St. Louis Public Library kicked off the second year of its reading club for adults, Pageturners. The program invites all area adult and high school-age readers to join.
Rocky River (Oh.) Public Library hosted a "Thank You Day" celebration on April 5th, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The staff handed out balloons for children and a special bookmark for adults with a smile and "thank you" for their support of the library.
Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Clinton Township, Mich. celebrated April 4th with a ground breaking ceremony for a new library branch. A drawing was also held each day at the library's two buildings for a gift certificate toward a new book.
Williamsburg Regional Library dedicated its first off-site bookdrop for patrons this Saturday, April 7 at 10:45 a.m. at the Ukrop's supermarket in Monticello Marketplace. The dedication ceremony took place after the "Feed Me a Story" storytime, which is held every Saturday at Ukrop's beginning at 10:00
Mercer County Library System in Lawrenceville, New Jersey held a a tall tales essay contest for teeenagers as one of many celebration events for National Library Week. Teens wrote essays entitled "Why My Library Book is Overdue." Entries are posted in the library. This weekend there will be a young adult volunteer session on Saturday morning, followed by hoagies for lunch and an afternoon mosaic tile crafting session.
The Sanibel (Fla.) Public Library's culminating celebration event was the unveiling of a 10-foot stainless steel sculpture. The sculpture will stand outside and in front of the library pointing the way to knowledge and to the future.