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LIBRARIES TRANSFORM!
         Celebrating National Library Week

National Library Week is officially observed from April 9 ALA assumed full sponsorship.
through April 15 with the theme, "Libraries Transform." First

sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national The Rapides Parish Library is celebrating in a
observance sponsored by the American Library Association big way!

(ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a
time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries
and librarians and to promote library use and support. All      To celebrate National Library Week, we’re holding our
types of libraries - school, public, academic and               second Celebrity READ poster campaign. We’ll take your
special - participate.                                          picture and put you on a specially designed ALA READ
                                                                Poster! Join the ranks of other celebrities that have

                                                                supported their public library! Part of the celebration is to
                                                                offer our heartfelt thanks in allowing us to be a part of your
Celebrations during National Library Week                       lives and an integral part of the community. When you
include: National Library Workers Day, celebrated the           come into the library during the week of April 9th we want
Tuesday of National Library Week (April 11, 2017), a day        you to have a small remembrance - a silicone wristband
for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to  that lets others know you support the Rapides Parish
recognize the valuable contributions made by all library        Library!
workers; and National Bookmobile Day, celebrated the
Wednesday of National Library Week (April 12, 2017), a
                                                                How Have You Been Transformed?
day to recognize the contributions of our nation's
bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make            We’d like to know how the Library has “Transformed” ?

quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communi-          Come in anytime during the month of April and fill out a
ties.                                                           comment card to place on our bulletin board. You can also

                                                                participate in the special Social Media Campaign where we
                                                                post your comments and your picture on Facebook and

History                                                         Twitter!

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were                     Come and celebrate with us!
spending less on books and more on radios, televisions
and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were

reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers
formed a nonprofit citizens’ organization called the National

Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were
ambitious. They ranged from "encouraging people to read

in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and
health" and "developing strong and happy family life."

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National
Library Week based on the idea that once people were
motivated to read, they would support and use libraries.
With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the
Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was
observed in 1959 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!"

National Library Week was observed again in 1959, and
the ALA Council voted to continue the annual celebration.
When the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974,

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