Wednesday, April 13, 2011

National Library Week

We've been so busy reading, and celebrating everything good about libraries that I've been quie remiss in wishing everyone in blogger land a wonderful enjoyable National Library Week. This year it also happens that National Volunteer Week is being celebrated at the same time, so here in our small all-volunteer staff library we have double reason to rejoice.

The nice folks at Open Road Integrated Media have done a spectacular job with posts to remind us of the significance and value of the library to every citizen in this world today.  Information may be accessed in a variety of formats, budgets may be huge or non-existent, buildings can be palatial and multi-purposed or recycled closets but the library remains the central pillar of our lives of learning and our quest for information.

The clip here provided by Open Road Media is from one of my favorite writers, Pat Conroy, who describes for us the importance of the library in his life.  His book "My Reading Life" is a proclamation of his love of books, libraries and the people who keep that life alive.

I hope you all have time to visit your local library this week, either in person or online, to take advantage of the incredible range of programs, services, and information in all formats.


  1. I read My Reading Life and loved it. I live in a rural area - dairy country - and our library is rather small and limited. BUT we belong to a province-wide library network. I just go online, search for the material I want, and request it. Voila! It arrives at my local library and there is NO charge. I love our library system - the Ontario Library system.

  2. Some of my fondest memories of childhood involve the library and I could always be found at the beautiful library in the prep school I attended. I unfailingly have a well used library card. Our little county library is far too small but we're fund raising for a new one which will be the answer to many prayers in this area.

  3. I had no idea that it was national library week. I can't wait until next year when both of my boys are in school for full days and I can finally volunteer at the library. :)


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