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National Librarian Day

National Librarian Day

National Librarian Day on April 16 is a chance to be thankful for all the knowledge that librarians possess. You may think of them as book-slingers who spend all day cataloging and reshelving, but librarians play a much more important role. From children’s storytime to literacy classes, libraries offer a wealth of free public resources.

Trained in Library Science, professional librarians work with complex cataloging systems to organize books, make purchasing decisions for their library, liaise with local schools and universities, organize events and programming, teach classes, and more. Their role is constantly evolving to adapt to new technology and social needs. Celebrate National Librarian Day with us and say thanks to the awesome librarians that are always on hand to help.

Stereotyped in pop culture as bespectacled older ladies who constantly shush their teen patrons, librarians are dedicated professionals who perform a variety of tasks to keep libraries running, organize programming, and update their collections.

The first large libraries in the U.S. were mostly privately owned and required entry fees or paid memberships to gain access. The concept of free public libraries took hold by the late 1800s. In the early 20th century, after Melvil Dewey standardized library cataloging with his Dewey Decimal System and other practices, public libraries rapidly expanded with thousands of new branches across the country. By 1900, the scope of libraries also expanded, with many offering reference departments and interlibrary loans. During the Great Depression, libraries served as a lifeline for struggling families seeking a cozy refuge and free entertainment.

Today, libraries function as so much more than repositories of knowledge. To keep up with changing technology, library offerings now include audiobooks, e-reader materials, free computer skills classes, and access to free online resources. Many public libraries offer language and citizenship classes, access to useful tools, technology like 3D printers and computers, and free workshops on a variety of hobbies and life skills. They provide a quiet shelter during hot or rainy days at no cost, and they serve as a safe, welcoming hangout for children and teens.

1.Visit your local library
When was the last time you went to the library? Many public libraries are located in beautiful historic buildings. Find yours today.

2.Thank a librarian
Thank your local librarian for their service and let them know it’s appreciated.

3.Donate some books to a library
Ask your local library if they’re looking for any specific donations. Check your shelves or buy a couple of new books to donate to their collection.

A. It’s a great excuse to read
Have you been putting off finishing that novel? Is there a new book you’re itching to read? Set some time aside today for uninterrupted reading.

B. It celebrates unsung heroes
Librarians fulfill many important social functions, but we don’t often recognize the breadth of their service.

C. It highlights public services
Public libraries are a crucial service in an increasingly privatized world. National Librarian Day celebrates these public spaces that contribute to the overall well-being of society.


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