National Library Workers Day

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I would be remiss in my librarian duties if I didn’t share that today is National Library Workers Day. A day for the entire world (well, U.S. citizens) to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

Books behind glass, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

Books behind glass, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

Let me just say that I truly enjoy my job/career as a librarian. I enjoy books — reading them, cataloging them, aww hell, just looking at them on the shelves. I use to spend many a day (hours) at the Library of Congress doing research for school and genealogy purposes. Just walking into the various reading rooms at the Library would be a thrill.

Adams Building, Library of Congress

Adams Building, Library of Congress

Although the amount of researchers have decreased, I’m still amazed at the numbers of visitors that come to the Library to see the gorgeous and stunning Jefferson Building.

Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

I hope you take a few minutes out of your busy schedules and visit your local library and thank the librarians for doing such a wonderful job. Or leave a comment on a blog post from a library worker (me!) saying thanks.

National Library Week

With Americans spending more on radios, and TV (musical instruments too, but I don’t think that was bad thing), the American Library Association (ALA) and American Book Publishers formed a committee, National Book Committee in 1954. The committee’s primary goal was to get Americans to spend more time reading books. The first National Library Week was observed with the theme “Wake Up and Read!” In 1959, it became a national celebration. When the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974, ALA assumed full sponsorship, continuing the yearly and national celebrations.

National Library Week is observed each year in April, generally the second full week.