National Library Week: Strong Communities!

Be sure to stop in this coming week at Castleton Free Library (or any other library that you love) to help us celebrate National Library Week 2019, April 7th-13th. Browsing the list of themes for this 61-year-old event is a fascinating glimpse at changing times and social concerns. A few favorites: 1958 Wake up and read; 1963 Read — the fifth freedom, enjoy it; 1967 Explore inner space – Reading is what’s happening; 1969 Be all you can be – read; 1970 Reading is for everybody; 1980 America’s greatest bargain…the library; 1990 Reach for a Star – Ask a Librarian; 1996 Libraries Change Lives; 1997 Kids Connect @ the Library; 2013 Communities Matter @ your library; 2017 Libraries Transform. Great books are still at the core, but the mission has expanded, shifting the emphasis from individuals to community, and focusing on connections as a tool for transformation. In 2019, Libraries=Strong Communities.

Throughout April, please share your library stories – add to our memory board in the library, or use social media to participate in #MyLibraryMyStory. The American Library Association challenges you to “post photos, videos, or text on social media highlighting what you love about your library, whether it’s a way your library brings your community together or a few of your favorite library resources and activities. Share during National Library Week (April 7 – 13) using the hashtag #MyLibraryMyStory on Twitter or Instagram or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page for a chance to win big: one randomly selected participant will receive a $100 VISA gift card.” The promotion begins Sunday, April 7 at 1:00 pm and ends Saturday, April 13 at 1:00. Be sure to tag us too, @castletonfreelibrary on Facebook and Instagram.

Thanks to our Friends of CFL group, there will be edible treats every day that week at the circulation desk. They’ll be kicking off their “Adopt-an-Author” program. Come in for more information.

Remember that April is also Poetry Month. Mary has poems ready for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 18th. Come by before or on this day to select a poem, and then carry it with you on the 18th to share with others at school, in the library, at your workplace, on a street corner, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Upcoming: a Poetry Reading and an Earth Day Story Walk – stay tuned!

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