For more than 60 years, people have joined with the American Library Association to set aside a week in April to celebrate the power of libraries in society and the contributions of librarians. And despite the changes in society, this week is once again being celebrated across the country as National Library Week.
In places as far-flung as Kentucky, coastal Maine, and northwest Iowa, communities continue to show their support for libraries during the week. Below, we’ve gathered some digital resources to celebrate this valuable foundation for learning. Have a resource we didn’t list? Share it in the comments!
While most Americans are socializing only at a distance, getting connected on social media is a great way to get involved. The ALA suggests following the ALA accounts on Twitter (@ALALibrary), Facebook (AmericanLibraryAssociation), and Instagram (@americanlibraryassociation), and well as I Love Libraries on Twitter (@IloveLibraries) and Facebook (ILoveLibraries).
Connect with Your Library
Odds are that your local public libraries are finding ways to carry out their mission even while doors might be closed. Some are hosting virtual classes, even Dungeons and Dragons games, remotely. My local library is hosting a virtual story time, among other projects, for example.
What’s your local library doing? Find your library and find out!
Thank a Librarian
We know librarians are dedicated to sharing knowledge and resources with their communities. And National Library Week is a great time to say thank you. Whether you know your school or public librarian, or you simply reach out via a contact form, showing support is a meaningful gesture, especially while librarians are finding creative ways to continue carrying out their mission.
More to Do
There’s always more to do. Check out the ALA’s statement on changes to this year’s Library Week, then delve into more digital resources:
- Google Tools for Your Library
- Bring the World into Your Library with Google Geography Tools
- Digital Stories for Remote Learners
- Remote Learning Resources and Ideas for Librarians
- TexQuest: If You Rebuild It, They Will Come
- Finding Free Audiobooks for Educators
- Better Together: Why Sharing Is Integral to Future Ready Librarianship