Celebrate National Library Week

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The Worcester Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities every day through the transformative services, programs, and expertise they offer. This year, National Library Week will take place April 8 to 14.

National Library Week is an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians, and library workers. Libraries aren't just a place to borrow books or study – they're also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming

Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large. The Worcester Public Library helps lead the community by offering entertainment, technology, and services to everyone, ensuring equal access and opportunities for all our patrons.

"The library helps lead our community by advocating for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning," said Head Librarian Geoffrey Dickinson. "Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life"

The Worcester Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with community readers, a library card help desk, a "My Library Helped Me to..." display, and a book exhibit. There will also be an annual survey to help the library plan for the future.

Community readers include City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr.; Che Anderson of POW! WOW! Worcester; international journalist Erica Ayisi; Paul Harris of the Worcester Railers; Timothy Loew of the Worcester Public Library Foundation Board of Trustees; Timothy Murray of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Gail Randall of the Alden Trust.

The Main Library will also be hosting a special exhibit with favorite books chosen by community leaders. This display includes Senator Harriette Chandler, Senator Michael Moore, Mayor Joseph Petty, Councilor Sarai Rivera, and Stephanie Pasha of the Worcester Public Library Board of Directors.

The Library Express mobile libraries "Libby" and "Lilly" will also be on the road next week as we honor National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday, April 12.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information on National Library Week please contact Linnea Sheldon, Community Relations and Communications Manager at the Worcester Public Library at 508-799-1654 or lsheldon@mywpl.org.