It's National Library Week!
I encourage you not only to celebrate and patronize your library, but also to consider become an advocate for libraries and librarians. Below are some of the ways you can help your favorite library.
Take an interest in any of the following:
- @yourlibrary, The Campaign for America's Libraries, whose goal is "to promote the value of libraries and librarians."
- The Institute of Museum and Library Services, whose mission is "to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. ... IMLS supports the full range of libraries, including public, academic, research, special and tribal, and the full range of museums including art, history, science and technology, children’s museums, historical societies, tribal museums, planetariums, botanic gardens and zoos."
- Your child's school library. Ask questions about your child's library. Is it staffed by a professional librarian? What is its annual book budget? How often do students have an opportunity to visit the library? Let school administrators know that the school library is important to you and your child.
- Your school's library. Are you a teacher? Your school's media specialist can work with you to ensure that your students have the resources and skills they need for important projects. Make it a point to meet with your school's librarian or media specialist on a regular basis.
- Your professional organizations. Are you a librarian? The American Library Association or your state's library association are your "voice" to the general public. Support them and they will support you.
Don't just take my word for it. Listen to Judy Blume.