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National Library Week April 8 - 14, 2018

This year's theme: "Libraries Lead"

Q: Are local public libraries still relevant in the wired world?
A:: Even in the information age, the answer is a resounding YES.

Today, as major online search engines have given way to more advertorial content, libraries have begun to reclaim their reputation as a valuable resource for separating fact from fiction. REAL facts, that is.

National Library Week not only pays tribute to libraries as centers of learning. It also gives thanks to local librarians for their knowledge and expertise during National Library Workers Day observed this year on April 10, 2018.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and by local libraries across the country every year during the month of April.

(Similarly, the UK celebrates with activities and celebrations during National Libraries Week from October 8 - 13, 2018.)

Below, find related resources about National Library Week, fun facts and trivia about libraries and librarians, plus check out an online guide to the world's great online library collections just up ahead ...

DID YOU KNOW? Fun facts for National Library Week

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Library of Congress, the world's largest.

• There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the U.S. — a total of 17,566 including branches.

• Nearly 100% of public libraries in the U.S. provide Wi-Fi and have access to computers at no cost.

• The Library of Congress, founded in 1800, is the largest library in the world, with more than 155 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves.

• America’s first lending library was established in 1731 in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin, paving the way for the library systems we use in North America today.

Famous librarians throughout history include Mao Zedong, Golda Meir, Laura Bush, Marcel Proust, Lewis Carroll, Casanova, and Jorge Luis Borges.

More about National Library Week around the Web:

ALA | National Library Week
- This page from the American Library Association includes tips, tools and downloadable graphics to help libraries plan and promote their National Library Week celebrations.

Librarians' Index to the Internet
- Check out the searchable, annotated, and dynamic directory of more than 14,000 Internet resources regularly reviewed and updated by real librarians. - Libraries Online - Find one up the street or across the country with this nifty page leading to local libraries along with links to practical reference tools.

Online Library Collections - Virtual Visits

  Biblioteca National de España Koninklijke Bibliotheek
  Bibliothèque nationale de France Library of Congress
  British Library New York Public Library
  Digital Research Library Vatican Library
  National Science Digital Library University of Chicago Digital Library

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