Sunday, April 15, 2007

Books, Books, and More

Today is the first day of National Library Week, time designated to celebrate libraries, library workers, and to promote library use. During the week, there are special days that highlight groups of library workers and consumers.

April 16 is National Librarian Day honoring librarians. There was a time when librarians were thought to be the shy, retiring girl just waiting for a handsome prince to sweep her off her feet, or at least that's the librarian the movies portrayed. Those days are over. Librarians are knowledgeable and helpful men and women lost in the stacks, true, but they are also administrators, educators, and corporate researchers.

April 17 is National Library Workers Day recognizing library staff, administrators, and friends groups. Maddie, a 4 1/2 yr. old Pennsylvania girl nominated Amos as a library star because he makes her laugh. Look to see who has been 'starred' in your state, or nominate your favorite library worker.

April 19 is Teen Literature Day for the first time ever supporting young adult literature as a vibrant genre and showcasing young adult genre authors. This day will be the launch of Teen Read Week with a theme of 'LOL @ Your Library' scheduled in October.

Online, The Library Thing lets book owners catalog their own libraries -- over 12 million books have been cataloged here so far in personal and non-personal accounts. Members can choose to share their libraries or keep them private, recommend books or chat with members with similar libraries.

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