Celebrate Libraries and Library Workers During National Library Week
National Library Week (April 4 – 10, 2021) is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries, library workers’ contributions and promote library use and support. Ohio libraries of all types creatively found ways to continue to provide services in the past year, demonstrating the resilience of our communities.
During the pandemic, library workers continue to exceed their communities’ demands and adapt resources and services to meet their users’ needs during these challenging times. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer endless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.
State Library of Ohio Board recently passed the following resolution in recognition of National Library Week
A RESOLUTION to proclaim National Library Week and National Library Workers Day
WHEREAS, libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge by providing free access to all and libraries are part of the American dream, places for education, opportunity and lifelong learning; and
WHEREAS, Ohio libraries provide a forum for diverse ideas and points of view that help us better understand each other and ourselves; and
WHEREAS, librarians are trained professionals, helping people of all ages and backgrounds find and interpret the information they need to live, learn and work in a challenging economy; and
WHEREAS, librarians design and offer programs to meet their community’s economic needs, providing residents with resume writing classes, interviewing workshops and job seeking resources; and
WHEREAS, librarians and library support staff bring Ohioans a world of knowledge in person and online, as well as personal service and expert assistance in finding what is needed when it is needed; and
WHEREAS, Ohio’s school, academic, public and special libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of Ohioans and provide excellent and invaluable service to library users regardless of age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background; and
Whereas, Ohioans and Ohio libraries benefit from the resources, services, and support provided by the State Library of Ohio and the library’s dedicated staff; and
Whereas, libraries, librarians, library workers and supporters across America are celebrating National Library Week and National Library Workers Day; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that on this day, March 18, 2021, the State Library Board proclaims National Library Week, April 4 – 10, 2021, and National Library Workers Day, April 6, 2021, and encourages all Ohio residents to visit their libraries or library websites this week to take advantage of the variety of library resources available and thank their librarians and library workers for their exceptional contributions to American life.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.