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National Library Week: National Library Week

National Library Week is April 23-29, and Long Library will be celebrating all week! Check out our activities and resources here.

National Library Week

From the American Library Association: National Library Week 2023, April 23-29, will be celebrated with the theme "There's More to the Story."

Libraries are full of stories in a variety of formats from picture books to large print, audiobooks to ebooks, and more. But there's so much more to the story. Libraries of Things lend items like museum passes, games, musical instruments, and tools. Library programming brings communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, crafting classes, and lectures. Library infrastructure advances communities, providing internet and technology access, literacy skills, and support for businesses, job seekers, and entrepreneurs. National Library Week 2023 will be a great time to tell your library’s multi-faceted story.

To learn more, visit https://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek

In 2022, the global COVID-19 pandemic entered its third year; political, economic and digital divides grew; and book challenges and bans surged across the country. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked a record 1,269 book challenges, the highest number of demands to ban books reported since they began compiling data about censorship in libraries. But despite all these challenges, libraries thrived, pivoting to offer new and updated services to their communities. Adaptation and innovation shined in 2022, proving that there truly is “more to the story” at libraries.

You can read more about the State of America's Libraries at https://www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2023

National Library Week at Wells

What are we doing? Long Library has plenty of activities, both in person and online. 

  • Party in the Library: everyone is welcome to celebrate National Library Week in Long Library on April 27th from 5:00-7:00 PM. Pizza and games are provided, with plenty of chances to win raffle prizes
  • Banned Book Scavenger Hunt: this game will be running all week and encourages you to track down all of the books that have been challenged across the country but we have on our shelves here at Wells.
  • Library Staff Favorites Book Display: our library workers have excellent taste, and now yours chance to see what they're reading! Their choices will be displayed in the Learning Commons.
  • Take action against Book Bans: See how you can fight against book challenges and bans using our LibGuide.