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National Library Week 2013

CarolineKennedy_NLW13_SkyscraperThis week is National Library Week:  April 14 – 20, 2013. The theme for this year’s observance is “Communities matter @ your library.”

Public, school, and academic libraries are busier than ever serving the people in local communities. They help people fill out job applications, provide homework assistance to students, offer public access to the Internet, assist small businesses in conducting research, and much more. Yet libraries face funding crises in many communities. Without proper funding, libraries are forced to decrease or cut resources, reduce the number of librarians and library workers, and reduce hours of operation. Even worse, some libraries face closures.

During National Library Week and throughout April, libraries of all types will host special events to highlight the unique role libraries play in people’s lives. More information and promotional materials, including PSAs and printable materials are available at: http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek .

It is also a great opportunity to write your legislators and let them know how important libraries are to you and about the positive difference libraries make in your community every day.

Consider advocating for your library or libraries this week! Libraries need your voice!

 

 

 

 

 

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