Did you know that National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958 and is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association?  It is also sponsored by local libraries across the country every year during the month of April.

The 2013 theme for National Library Week is "Communities matter @ your library.“

According to www.chiff.com, "National Library Week not only pays tribute to libraries as centers of learning. It also gives thanks to local librarians for their knowledge and expertise during National Library Workers Day observed every year on Tuesday of National Library Week..."

Where to Celebrate

Many libraries are holding special events in honor of celebrating National Library Week.  Prince William County Libraries' sponsored events include:
  • "Books Come Alive!" at Central Library:  Wednesday, April 17 from 10:00 am until closing at 9:00 pm, the staff will be dressed up as well known book characters. There will be different characters throughout the day, so come early, come often, or stay all day and see how many you can recognize!  There will be prizes and this is open to all ages.  See the calendar for more information.
  • Magic Carpet Time at Potomac Community Library:  Wednesday, April 17 at 10:30 am there will be a special story time to celebrate National Library Week.  There will be stories, songs and fingerplays especially for ages 2–5. Drop-in; no registration required. 
  • For more events and other local library happenings, check out their monthly calendar.

Books to Read
If you are looking for some books to read about libraries and librarians, check out the following sites for some great suggestions!  Click on the title of the site to take you directly to the book lists links.

Activities to Do
  • Check out some of the books listed above to read at home.
  • Show your librarians that you are thankful for what they do by having your child make and deliver a card or picture to the staff.
  • Make a treat with your child to take to the librarians during your library visit this week.   Jen suggested making brownies in a cupcake tin for easy, no mess treats.  Her secret is to push in a mini peanut butter cup into each one after they come out of the oven.  Sounds yummy to me!
  • Here is a fun activity from crayola.com that is geared towards older children, but could be adapted for younger children.

I hope these ideas keep you busy this week as we celebrate National Library Week.  Our libraries offer many more services than just checking out books and there are great librarians who keep everything running smoothly.  At the very least, say a big "thank you" to your local librarians.  Everyone needs a little encouragement!

If you come up with any other ideas, feel free to leave them in the comment section!

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