The West Virginia Library Commission joins libraries nationwide and across the state in celebrating National Library Week, April 19-25.
National Library Week is an annual celebration of the
life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also
creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate
using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.
West Virginia public libraries help lead their communities with
programs such as summer reading for young students, book discussion
groups, assistance in job searches and resume writing, and by offering
volunteer tax assistance during tax season. The WVLC does its part with
innovative programs, such as Letters About Literature, the annual
reading and writing competition for students in grades 4 through 12.
“Public Libraries help lead our community by advocating for
widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning,” said Karen
Goff, Executive Secretary of the WVLC. “Libraries level the playing
field for people of any age who seek information and access to
technologies to improve their quality of life.”
Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the
expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using
increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially
overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society.
This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data
is more important than ever.
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. It is designed to recognize
the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to
promote library use and support.For more information on how libraries lead their communities, contact your local library or the WVLC. Email us at email@example.com