In 1958 the American Library Association began National Library Week to encourage people to read more and support the library. Since then, libraries have been transforming to meet the needs of their communities, and transforming people's lives. Quite appropriately, "Libraries Transform" is the theme of this year's observation of National Library Week, April 9th-15th. This is the time to celebrate that and promote library use and support, and we'd love for you to celebrate with us! Here are some ways to celebrate, at the library and beyond:
At the Algonquin Area Public Library:
Guess How Many! Are you good at guesstimating? Come in anytime during the week and try to guess how many candies we have in our jar! Closest guess will win the whole jar of candy.
High Five the Library Do you have a favorite book? Come in any time during the week and draw a picture of your favorite book character on a "high five" paper hand! All participants will be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card.
For all ages:
Community Project: Mosaic Mural
Patrons of all ages can drop-in on Sunday April 9th to decorate a canvas tile for the community mosaic mural, which will be displayed in the Youth Services department. Each canvas has a pre-drawn pattern. You choose the colors, style, and medium to complete your canvas. All the paintings are combined to form a mural of one united image. There are also two sessions on Monday, April 10th for kids that you can register for.
Extra ways to celebrate:
The American Library Association has created a Libraries Transform website with a guide and resources to help everyone promote the Libraries Transform campaign. Sign-up and see what materials and info you can use in your neighborhood!
Teachers can share their love for libraries and encourage library support and use by their students with these National Library Week classroom activities. Book Buffet, anyone?
Finally, we know our patrons are already doing wonderful things to help their kids use and appreciate what the library has to offer. We see them visiting, checking out materials, and signing up for programs. If you're looking for more ways to encourage your kids' support and love of the library, try celebrating National Library Week with these fun ideas for kids in the library and at home! We'd love to see what you come up with!