April 8-14 is National Library Week! Show your support for your library by visiting in person, commenting on or “liking” your library’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) if it has them, participating in Library Snapshot Day on Thursday, volunteering, writing to your library director, or calling or writing to your local government representatives to let them know what libraries mean to you.
One of my favorite library statistics is that on average, a person will pay about $40 per year in taxes to support the library. That is less than the cost of two hardcover books – and libraries aren’t just for books (though they do usually have plenty of hardcovers, paperbacks, ebooks, and audiobooks). They also offer DVDs, public internet access, and programs – from storytime and crafts for kids, to movie screenings, to computer and technology workshops, and much more. What do you love about libraries? Leave a comment!
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I have loved the library my entire life, just like Matilda in Rhoald Dahl’s wickedly funny story. But I have never been as in love with it as I am now that I live in Denmark. The Danish library system is simply wonderful. Even for us foreigners there are an enormous amount of materials available. The librarians here go way above and beyond the call of duty to help their patrons and have helped me many times with various things. Also, there is no limit to the amount of books, movies and CDs one can loan at any time!! And as long as someone else hasn’t reserved it, you can simply keep renewing the item until hell freezes over. So not only is it appropriate to honor the libraries and librarians in the US, but all around the world!! May free libraries remain free and uncensored far into the future! SB