National Library Week 2012 Print

Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free early literacy programs and fun activities for children, a student needing homework help, or you just need that next great read, 

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is the best place to begin, and You Belong @ Your Library during National Library Week, April 8-14, 2012!

Nat Lib Week LogoCelebrate libraries and reading by visiting one (or more) of your 9 community WCLS libraries in Blaine, Deming, Everson, Ferndale, Island, Lynden, North Fork (Kendall), Point Roberts, and Sumas, or 5 Bookmobile locations in Birch Bay, Lake Samish, South Lake Whatcom or Sudden Valley. Remember to visit the Online Branch Library at WCLS.org and check out eBooks and digital audiobooks, get live assistance with your questions, and find authoritative digital resources on almost any subject, anytime - 24/7.

Snapshot DayWCLS is celebrating National Library Week by participating in Washington Library Snapshot Day on Saturday April 14th at all WCLS libraries and the Bookmobile. Come to the library, get your picture taken and take a moment to write down why you support library services in Whatcom County.

What else awaits you at the library? Today’s libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people.  In addition to the wide selection of books, magazines, movies, and music, you’ll find early literacy story times, cultural heritage and genealogical collections, great fiction and other materials in print, computer classes, job seeker’s resources, English language practice, citizenship classes, eBook assistance, and many creative and resourceful events for the entire family.

Library borrowerLibraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge. The strength of WCLS libraries has always been the diversity of information and materials held by the system and available at any location, community-centered meeting places, the library’s commitment to serving all residents, and the connection with the Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County academic libraries through Whatcom Libraries Collaborate. This year for National Library Week, join WCLS’s libraries and staff in celebrating your WCLS libraries as the best place to begin… anything!

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April, and includes National Library Workers Day on Tuesday, April 10, and National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday, April 11. See you at the library!

Additional celebrations during National Library Week:

Monday, April 9 - Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books - released in State of America’s Library Report

Tuesday, April 10 - National Library Workers Day celebrates the dedicated workers and professionals who provide library service to communities across the nation. At nine community libraries and 5 community Bookmobile stops, 180 WCLS staffers provide the “human search engines” and workers to help the approximately

Wednesday, April 11 - National Bookmobile Day celebrates our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day.

National Bookmobile Day is an opportunity for bookmobiles fans to make their support known—through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.

National Bookmobile Day is coordinated by the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (ABOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).