Communities Matter @ your library
This week, Montgomery County Public Libraries join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. 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.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.
Coinciding with National Library Week, National Poetry Month falls in April and MCPL is sponsoring a Teen Poetry Competition from March 24 - April 19. We encourage you to participate in this and other library events throughout the year!
Jill Lewis, Library Board Chair has stated, "Our library system is known and respected throughout the country. Our challenge is to become a 21st century library offering all of the above and more as our community continues to evolve."
Art Brodsky, Library Board Member states, "The library as we know it still has a need for books for everyone from preschoolers to seniors. It still has a need to be a quiet, safe, secure space for students to meet and to do homework. It still has a place as a center for a community.”
LadyStacie Rimes-Boyd, Board of Trustee Member, Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, states, "…Libraries are essential to our communities and essential to the promotion of an educated population. Simply put, Libraries Still Matter.”
Paulette Dickerson, Library Board Vice-Chair states, "Libraries promote literacy for young families, provide information for jobseekers, study spaces for school kids and places where elders can stretch their minds and bodies.”
Steve Schmal, Chevy Chase LAC states, “The County’s public libraries are used by more residents than any other component of county government."
Peter Adler Asch, Teen supporter states, “Why am I here? I want to tell you, as a teenager, that libraries matter. … I have developed a profound appreciation and love for libraries.”
National Library Week with Caroline Kennedy
Montgomery County Press Release
|For Immediate Release: 4/12/2013|
Montgomery County Public Libraries Celebrates National Library Week; Residents Invited to "Get Appy"
In celebration of National Library Week, April 14-20, Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) invites residents to take advantage of the free apps the library offers by installing them on their mobile devices during the “C’mon, Get Appy” campaign.
Once the apps are installed, residents, regardless of their location, can connect to their favorite library materials. They can search the catalog and place holds, download e-books, audiobooks and music, learn languages, find business and residential directory information, and read magazine and journal articles. Apps are available for use on both Apple and Android devices.
For details on the apps, visit the MCPL website.
Residents who need to get a library card to access the apps can learn how to get one on the library card page.
Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1958, National Library Week is celebrated across the country and highlights the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. This year’s theme is “Communities matter @ your library.”
Additionally, April 16 is National Library Workers Day, a time to honor the contributions of library workers who are responsible for a wide variety of services that customers come to expect from their libraries.
They do much more than just checking books in and out. Library workers catalog and shelve materials; handle requests and send them to other libraries; answer phone calls and emails; organize programs and events; administer computer networks; update the library’s website; select and obtain books, CDs, videos, and databases and much more.
“I encourage our customers to stop by a branch on April 16 to say ‘thank you’ to the very-deserving staff,” said MCPL Director Parker Hamilton. “I applaud all the staff of MCPL for the excellent customer service they provide on a daily basis to the residents of Montgomery County,”
For questions about National Library Week, contact Regina Holyfield-Jewett at 240-777-0106.
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Media Contact: Bonnie Ayers 240-777-6507