National Library Week Began in Youngstown


Did You Know National Library Week Began in Youngstown?

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Did you know that National Library Week, celebrated in April each year by the American Library Association (ALA), had its beginnings in Youngstown in 1937?

Before there was a “National” Library Week, the Youngstown Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) decided to do something special: proclaim a week to stress how important reading was in people’s lives. They set aside the week of April 4-11, 1937, to make the public aware of the importance of their libraries, with the help of community organizations and local news media.

As a result of this campaign, local libraries saw in increase in circulation and in the number of people applying for a library card. Because of this success, the Jaycees were praised at a national meeting and captured the attention of the American Library Association.

It wasn’t until 1958 that the first full-scale National Library Week took place with the ALA. President Dwight Eisenhower issued a proclamation and libraries throughout the country saw their usage rise. The following year, the ALA voted to make this an annual event.

Celebrate National Library Week 2016 (April 10-16) with the theme “Libraries Transform”

This year’s theme points out that libraries transform lives and communities by providing free access to technology, career development resources, and the skills to help people thrive in the digital age. Visit your local library in April – check out a book or audio book or a movie, attend a program, have a latte, do your homework, attend a meeting.

You can even use the Internet. And at the Library, it comes with the Ultimate Search Engine – Your Librarian!