Celebrate National Library Week and visit your local library! Find out how lives change at your library.
Every day across the country, libraries open their doors to everyone: students, parents, seniors, teachers, writers, artists, job seekers, entrepreneurs, readers, gamers, movie lovers and travel buffs. Head to your library during National Library Week to see what's new and take part in the celebration.
Best-selling author and intellectual freedom advocate Judy Blume will serve as Honorary Chair, National Library Week, 2014.
Judy Blume writes that she found her first favorite books while sitting on the floor of the children’s room at the public library in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She grew up with her own characters and stories running around inside her head. Today her characters live in twenty-eight books in thirty-two languages.
Blume is a longtime advocate of intellectual freedom. She has worked closely with the National Coalition Against Censorship as well as the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom to protect the freedom to read. She is proud to be a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Library Association. Most recently she was co-writer/producer of a film adaptation of her novel Tiger Eyes. Currently she is writing a new novel.
One way to show your support for libraries is to sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. Copies are available at your local branch, or you can sign online.
The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of ALA President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school, and public.
"In the spirit of the United States Declaration of Independence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we believe that libraries are essential to a democratic society. Every day, in countless communities across our nation and the world, millions of children, students and adults use libraries to learn, grow and achieve their dreams. In addition to a vast array of books, computers and other resources, library users benefit from the expert teaching and guidance of librarians and library staff to help expand their minds and open new worlds. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries -public, school, academic, and special – and urge you to show your support by signing your name to this Declaration for the Right to Libraries."
- LIBRARIES EMPOWER THE INDIVIDUAL.
- LIBRARIES SUPPORT LITERACY AND LIFELONG LEARNING.
- LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN FAMILIES.
- LIBRARIES ARE THE GREAT EQUALIZER
- LIBRARIES BUILD COMMUNITIES.
- LIBRARIES PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO KNOW.
- LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN OUR NATION.
- LIBRARIES ADVANCE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP.
- LIBRARIES HELP US TO BETTER UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER.
- LIBRARIES PRESERVE OUR NATION’S CULTURAL HERITAGE.