— Next week, the Akron-Summit County Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. April 10 through 16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or just relax. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including a mobile app, mobile printing, e-content, and online databases. Recent launches include passport services, and a microbusiness center and co-working space.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. The Akron-Summit County Public Library is transforming by providing resources for learning and leisure, meeting spaces for community groups, and programs for all ages that support, improve and enrich individual, family and community life.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said David Jennings, Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”
Libraries are many things to many people. They work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
The Akron-Summit County Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with special raffles of book baskets (at Green and Goodyear Branch libraries) and special story times in the Children’s Library at Main Library in Downtown Akron. Visitors to all library locations are asked to complete a “Libraries Transform – I Love My Library Because” banner flag. Completed flags will be hung in branches.
Special days during National Library Week include:
Tuesday, April 12: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
Wednesday, April 13: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
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.
For info, visit www.akronlibrary.org.