Celebrate National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18, 2015). It’s a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.
Looking for a way to celebrate the week with your family? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Get a Library Card for Your Child
Library cards are a great resource for your child. It teaches them responsibility, but also empowers them to borrow a multitude of items from print to digital. At the Cuyahoga County Library, they have a card to mark this special occasion called “My First Library Card (a.k.a. The Owl Card).”
2. Try Out the Library’s Digital Collection
Many libraries in the area provide a large digital media collection for all ages. From e-books, audiobooks to other digital magazines, there’s something for everyone. For example, Akron-Summit County Public Library allows patrons to access TumbleBooks on its website, which has an array of digital storybooks, games, videos and more.
3. Don’t Forget to Sign Up for Special Events and Programs at Your Local Library
Each day, libraries across Northeast Ohio are hosting family and adult programming. Have you looked at the spring and summer programs happening at your local library? Would your child or teen be interested in an upcoming event? Do you want expand your own group of friends? The library provides not only reading resources, but also helps community members come together in their shared interests.
4. Thank a Local Librarian
How often have you asked the librarian a question regarding a special book for you or your child? Or does your child go to their school’s library once a week? Celebrate those librarians — whether at your local library or at your child’s school — by making them a thank you craft or card. Also, talk to your child about the importance of libraries and librarians, and what they mean to the community.
5. Go to a National Library Week Event at Your Local Library
Many libraries and other educational institutions are having special events to honor the week, check their calendar for updated listings. Here are a few local celebrations in the area to try:
The Scoop Play Mini Golf At Lorain Libraries
Get that hole in one. Tee off with this National Library Week as the Main Library in Lorain and Avon Branch Library is transform into miniature golf courses. Come play Mini Golf at the Avon Branch on Tuesday, April 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and then at the Main Library on Saturday, April 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Books That Made A Difference Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 16 at 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Westshore Campus, Atrium 31001 Clemens Rd., Westlake, OH 44145
Join the Cuyahoga Community Colleve during National Library Week for the “Books that Made a Difference” panel discussion. Students, faculty, and administrators will share books that made a real impact in their lives. Witness the value that the act of reading can add to one’s life. Food and drinks will be served. Free and open to the public. Call 216-987-5401 for more information.
National Library Week Craft April 12 – 18
In celebration of National Library Week, come to the library and enjoy a make-n-take craft.
Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road, Uniontown, 330-896-9074