Libraries = Strong Communities: Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13

Most of us grew up in an era of community libraries that stamped a card with a return date or had “Quiet” signs hung all over the place, reminding us that we had to be respectful of other patrons. Times have changed. Today’s library systems are more engaging, less stringent and filled with resources from classes to technology and a database that enables us to access even more resources. That’s worth celebrating this week. Here are ways to celebrate even more.

Show your support for libraries with social media shout-outs, include your local branches and system too. The American Library Association offers the following:

Hashtags to use: #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransform.

ALA accounts: Twitter: @ALALibrary | Facebook: @AmericanLibraryAssociation | Instagram: @americanlibraryassociation
I Love Libraries: Twitter: @IloveLibraries | Facebook @ILoveLibraries

Ask your followers, friends and family to suggest your book to their local library system. Make it easy for them. Give them the ISBNs for your paperback, hardback and e-books. Create a meme you can post with whatever information they need.

Ask your followers, friends and family to take photos of your books in their local library. Give them a hashtag as well as the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransform.

Contribute your library story on your social networks. Tell people a favorite library story of getting your first card or about doing a book chat or just tell what you love most about libraries. There are even opportunities to win prizes according to the ALA.

Post photos, videos, or text on social media highlighting what you love about your library, whether it’s a way your library brings your community together or a few of your favorite library resources and activities. Share during National Library Week (April 8 – 13) using the hashtag #MyLibraryMyStory on Twitter or Instagram or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page for a chance to win big: one randomly selected participant will receive a $100 VISA gift card. The promotion begins Sunday, April 7 at noon CT and ends Saturday, April 13 at noon CT.

Libraries are important to our existence and literacy. Donate books to your local Friends of the Library book for their annual book sale or ongoing book sales.

There are numerous ways to observe this special celebration. Celebrate the library and you celebrate books and authors too.

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