This week is National Library Week, a time to celebrate libraries throughout the country. This year, Caroline Kennedy is the Honorary Chair of National Library Week; watch a quick video of her talking about a few of the many things you can do at the library (keep watching to hear five authors talk about why they love libraries).
The best way of all to celebrate National Library Week? Visit the library! While you’re here, stop by the reference desk and let us know what your favorite thing about the library is. We’ll share all your comments (anonymously, unless you say otherwise) on this blog next week. And while you’re visiting, check out our National Poetry Month display near the elevator.
Here’s what a few people have already said about libraries:
“The public library is more than a repository of books. It’s a mysterious, wondrous place with the power to change lives.” -Chicago Tribune literary editor Elizabeth Taylor
“We must not think of learning as only what happens in schools. It is an extended part of life. The most readily available resource for all of life is our public library system.” -Author David McCullough
Read more quotes about libraries at ilovelibraries.org.
There has been some debate over the past few years as to whether libraries and librarians are really necessary any more. For those who suggest that the existence of powerful search engines signals the decline of libraries, beloved author Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust, The Graveyard Book) has a neat retort: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.” Hear, hear!
So come visit the library. Check out a book, read a magazine, use a study room, attend an event (check out our calendar), or visit us virtually on facebook or Twitter (check out #nlw13 to see what people are saying about libraries this week, and follow @RobbinsLib to keep up to date with library happenings here in Arlington).
Happy National Library Week!