It’s National Library Week which means we have a lot of activities and events going on to celebrate this special week. In fact, this year celebrates the 60th anniversary, which was first sponsored in 1958 to encourage more people to read as many people were buying radios and televisions at the time. The American Library Association (ALA) has additional information on their website if you would like to read about the history of the 60th anniversary and how it all began.

This year’s theme is “Libraries Lead” which is very fitting for our activities. One of those activities is the leadership workshop titled “Get Curious and Lead.” Laura DeBoer, Bellevue University Training & Organizational Development Specialist, will explain why being curious is key to future leaders on Thursday, April 12th at 1:00 PM in Library Classroom 460.

Two contests that tie in with the theme are: “Leaders You Can Count On” to guess the number of jelly beans in the jar for a chance to win a $10 Amazon card; and the “Follow the Leader” Instagram contest to post a photo of yourself in one of the “campus locations of the day” photos found on the Library’s Instagram page and use the hashtag #followthebulibrary for a chance to win a $25 Amazon card.

Other annual events for the week include the Library Open House on April 11th from 2:00-3:30 in the Library featuring live music from our very own Sounds of Knowledge, refreshments, and the presentation of the 2018 Friend of the Library Award. READ posters will be offered to those interested in getting your picture taken with your favorite book. Times for the READ posters will be Tuesday, April 10th from 3:00-5:00 PM, Wednesday, April 11th from 1:30-3:30 PM, and on Thursday, April 12th from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. The Library will also have a used book sale set up throughout the week.

As you can see, we have a very busy week full of activities and contests. Hopefully you will get a chance to stop in and participate in at least one of our National Library Week activities!

24/7 Librarian