National Library Week begins with Mayor Rogers’ proclamation
National Library Week was jumpstarted with Mayor Rogers’ proclamation at the City Council meeting Monday, March 22. This year, National Library Week begins April 4 and will continue through April 10. The 2021 theme is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the concept that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services, as stated in the Mayor’s proclamation.
“Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration,” said Lori Cox, director of Olney Community Library and Arts Center (OCLAC).
Since the American Library Association sponsored the first National Library Week in 1958, libraries throughout the U.S. observe the week each April. During this time, libraries, librarians, and library workers essential role is highlighted to show how libraries transform lives and strengthen communities.
Cox encourages everyone in the community to visit Olney Library’s website to explore the plethora of virtual services they offer. Some of the virtual services include TexShare databases that include academic, hobby, do-it-yourself and ancestry databases, AtoZ USA, maps and world culture databases, newspaper archives, Flipster (current magazines) and Libby by Overdrive (eBooks).
“The library offers a wide array of online resources that are available from the comfort of your home, including eBooks, online magazines, student databases, newspapers and online encyclopedias,” Cox said. “During these challenging times, libraries of all types have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their patrons. Libraries across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources like online homework help and Wi-Fi access for students and workers who may lack internet access at home.”
During National Library Week April 4-10, show your appreciation by supporting the library’s activities. You may also show support by visiting the library’s website and following the library on social media. Please use the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek on all social media posts.