Library 101: National Library Week

Posted on: Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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by Janet Kirby
Whether you love your local library, come in only when you need help with research, or just view the library as an electronic database aggregator, we hope that you will help us celebrate National Library Week during April 13-19, 2014.  The honorary chair of this year’s national committee is Judy Blume, well-known for her juvenile fiction that contains a blunt treatment of the social problems that are faced by young people today. Some of her most famous works are: Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and Blubber.
 
National Library Week was established in 1958 by the American Library Association (ALA) “to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support” (http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek).   Within that week, separate days are reserved for special notice.  Tuesday, April 15, is National Library Workers Day; Wednesday, April 16, is National Bookmobile Day; and Thursday, April 17, is Support Teen Literature Day.  The day before National Library Week starts, the 12th, is National D.E.A.R Day (National Drop Everything and Read Day).
 
In the past, one of the ways ALA tried to involve public support was to have a haiku contest.  This was a way to celebrate and combine National Poetry Month (April) with National Library Week.  If you would like to come up with your own haiku in between that last minute studying, you can email them to Ask-a-librarian at #EWdsvT_Sw+%iMC|p7}ot]#[g5CF``3R1jpcXd!eTDcTj.    Below are a few examples to help you get started.
 
 
You need Reference.
No, I'm sorry, I DON'T know
which red book you need

Unfamiliar ground.
Words, words, more words, no pictures.
College is too hard.
 

You show a sad face.
Did not write source on copy.
Can’t ID source from font.
 

Need a statistic.
Librarian to rescue.
And Stat Abstract too!
 

Copy machine hulks.
Paper jam infuriates.
Library staff, help!

 
Having been erased,
document your’re seeking
Must now be retyped.

 
Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.

 
Three things are certain:
Death, taxes, and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.

 
Untitled by George Ferencz
Librarians, the
Original “Search Engine,”
Out-Google Google!

 
The Choice by Alex Matveev
Here you are, scholar.
Looking for wisdom of great.
Surf Facebook instead!

 
Awww… by B.Becker
In the Library
So many books around me
I must read them all.