This week, FRVPLD invites all community members to find the library at their place by spending some time right here on our website to access virtual services and resources. While our physical spaces may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19, patrons can discover ebooks, movies, music, online storytimes and much more—all from home.
In times of crisis, libraries respond to their community’s needs in innovative and inspiring ways. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, libraries of all types are continuing to make a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources, including virtual homework help, online crafting and DIY sessions, and courses on computer software, business skills and more.
April 19-25, 2020 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting their library’s website, following them on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.
The original theme for National Library Week, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen months ago before the emergence of a global pandemic would force libraries to close their buildings. In response to our rapidly-changing times, the theme was revised to “Find the library at your place” to bring attention to how libraries are open for business online, offering the electronic services and digital content their communities need now more than ever.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries of all types across the country each April. Visit this blog post every day from Sunday, April 19 through Saturday, April 25 to learn more about how you can enjoy and support your library.
Thursday, April 23: Take Action for Libraries Day
Today is Take Action for Libraries Day. Visit the American Library Association Action Center, where you will find the resources you'll need to contact your elected officials and advocate for your local library. Find information about your elected officials, review upcoming legislation, and use talking points and email templates to contact your member of Congress.
Wednesday, April 22: National Bookmobile Day
Starting with horse-drawn vehicles sending boxes of books to general stores and post offices more than a century ago, libraries have used bookmobiles to deliver information, technology and resources for lifelong learning to Americans of all walks of life.
On Wednesday, April 22, we celebrate National Bookmobile Day, recognizing the contributions of the dedicated bookmobile staff that provide vital library services to their communities.
Here are a few photos to honor the vehicles that have served the FRVPLD. Our van allows us to make daily rounds to our remote book drop locations, participate in festive local parades, and conduct community outreach.
Monday, April 20: State of America’s Libraries Report & Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2019
Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its 2020 State of America’s Libraries report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 19 – 25, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries during the previous calendar year.
The report found that the popularity of libraries in 2019 continues to soar. According to a recent Gallup poll, visiting the library is the “most common cultural activity Americans engage in by far.” In 2019, US adults reported taking an average of 10.5 trips per year to the library, a frequency that exceeded their participation in other common leisure activities like going to the movies, a museum, or the zoo.
Information in the report includes data specific to public, academic, and school libraries as well as a list of the top ten frequently challenged books of 2019 and the reasons for the challenges.
Issues and trends are highlighted in the areas of:
LGBTQIA+, Drag Queen Storytimes, Challenged Books and Materials, Prison Libraries, and Patron Privacy
As ALA President Wanda Kay Brown stated, “Without strong and clear net neutrality protections in place, there is nothing to stop internet service providers from blocking or throttling legal internet traffic or setting up commercial arrangements where certain traffic is prioritized.”
21st Century Skills
The Pew Research Center notes that more than 25% of low-income households do not have a smartphone. Nearly 50% do not have a computer, and even more do not own a tablet. In contrast, more than half of higher income families have more than one device.
Services to Teens
A 2016 World Economic Forum report underscores that 65% of children entering elementary school will be employed in jobs that do not yet exist.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Equitable access means more than equality. It includes working to make sure community members have all the resources they need. These needs may differ as a result of their race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identification, socioeconomic status, or physical ability.
Libraries’ mission of providing access to all was severely hamstrung by a series of decisions by major publishers in 2019. Macmillan Publishers created a tsunami within the library world when it placed an embargo on sales of new ebook titles to libraries. Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan restricted library systems of all sizes from purchasing more than one copy of a new ebook title.
I Love My Librarian Awards
In 2019, library users nationwide submitted 1,974 nominations detailing how their favorite librarians have gone above and beyond to improve community members’ lives.
Libraries play an important role in promoting community awareness about resilience, climate change, and a sustainable future. They are also leading by example in taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint.
Libraries of the Future
Mobility, colocation, making access easier (a BookBot and self-service smart lockers), and artificial intelligence.
Click here to see the full report.
Sunday, April 19: Get Yourself Ready for National Library Week
- Add a frame to your Facebook profile picture. Go to your profile on the Facebook app and tap "Edit" on your profile picture, then tap "Add Frame." If you don't see it in the list search for "National Library Week."
- Share some love on social media for your virtual library services during National Library Week. Create a post on your own account(s) about an e-book, audiobook, virtual storytime or bookclub, or how the library has made a difference while you've been social distancing at home. ALA will gather all the posts, and one randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card. Your entries must be posted to Instagram, Twitter, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Be sure to use the hashtag #ThankYouLibraries, and tag FRVPLD so they can find your post.
- Make sure you're following us on social media to watch National Library Week unfold with more information, fun, and quality shares: