National Library Week


By: Kristin Evans

Director of Library Services



Ever since 1958 the American Library Association has designated a week in the month of April as National Library Week. This year National Library Week is April 9th-15th. National Library Week celebrates the many contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians. It also promotes library use and support.


Many people are unaware of how prevalent public libraries are in our country and how much of an impact they have on the lives of patrons. Here are a few fun facts put together by the American Library Association about public libraries that may surprise you:


- There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the United States; 17,566 total.


- On average there are 4 million visits to public libraries each day. That’s 2,854 people per minute!


- Last year public libraries hosted 4.3 million programs with 96.5 million attendees in total. That means that more people attend public library programs last year than Major League Baseball and NBA games combined!


Public libraries offer so much to the communities they serve. Just here at the Henry County Library we offer children’s story times, computer classes, one-one-one electronic device training, genealogy research, notary service, faxing, printing, copying, scanning, public computers, summer and winter reading programs, a free community room, databases for research, health jobs, and genealogy, free wifi, circulating wifi hotspots, study rooms, interlibrary loan, electronic books and audiobooks, educational and fun programming and of course BOOKS!


Libraries are your one stop destination for information and recreation. I urge everyone reading this article to take the time to go to your local library during National Library Week and take advantage of all the things your library has to offer. This can be a school library, an academic library, or a public library. Also, make sure to thank your librarian during you visit. We work hard to insure that our patrons have access to the materials and resources. Patron appreciation always makes our day!