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National Library Week: National Library Week

National Library Week

National Library Week

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This week, Montgomery County Public Libraries join libraries 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, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their customers 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.

To celebrate National Library Week and to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning, all of our library branches are now offering STEM Stations. 

Snapshot Day: A day in the life of Montgomery County Public Libraries

A day in the life of Montgomery County Public Libraries, Wednesday, February 18:

  • 17,157 people visited our branches
  • 37,693 items checked out or renewed
  • 44,883 items returned
  • 1,876 holds filled
  • 10,566 uses of the self-check out machines
  • 178 new library cards issued
  • 11,462 questions answered
  • 1,853 e-resources downloaded
  • 64 programs held, including 29 STEM and early literacy themed programs

Stem Stations

Young children have a natural curiosity about the world around them, and MCPL has the resources and information to encourage these young interests. Visit any MCPL branch library to see a selection of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) stations, developed for children between the ages of 2 and 12. These hands-on science activities are available during all open hours at the library. Stop by your local branch today and explore, and learn!

25 Library Services Available for Free

  1. Download e-magazines from Zinio.
  2. Take high quality, online classes from Gale Courses.
  3. Use the Digital Media Lab to learn, explore, and create digital media.
  4. Download music from Freegal.
  5. Check out a science-themed Go! Kit, which also contains a mini iPad, for you and your child.
  6. Put a book on hold online.
  7. Download e-books.
  8. Use Microsoft Office to build skills.
  9. Use public PCs to create online documents.
  10. Renew your materials online.
  11. Download audiobooks.
  12. Learn a language online.
  13. Sign up for email notification.
  14. Stream classical, folk or world music.
  15. Stream classic theatre productions.
  16. Prepare for the SAT, ASVAB, and more.
  17. Get online auto repair information.
  18. Check Consumer Reports from home.
  19. Use self-service checkout machines.
  20. Pick up a good read.
  21. Borrow materials from libraries around the country.
  22. Find magazine and newspaper articles online.
  23. Search your family history with HeritageQuest Online.
  24. Borrow a Kill-A-Watt kit.
  25. Learn to read online with BookFlix.

Declaration for the Right to Libraries

LIBRARIES CHANGE LIVES

Declaration for the Right to Libraries

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 EMPOWER THE INDIVIDUAL.  
Whether developing skills to succeed in school, looking for a job, exploring possible careers, having a baby, or planning retirement, people of all ages turn to libraries for instruction, support, and access to computers and other resources to help them lead better lives.

Libraries support literacy and lifelong learning.

 

LIBRARIES SUPPORT LITERACY AND LIFELONG LEARNING. 
Many children and adults learn to read at their school and public libraries via story times, research projects, summer reading, tutoring and other opportunities. Others come to the library to learn the technology and information skills that help them answer their questions, discover new interests, and share their ideas with others.

Libraries strengthen families

 

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LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN FAMILIES. 
Families find a comfortable, welcoming space and a wealth of resources to help them learn, grow and play together.

 

LIBRARIES ARE THE GREAT EQUALIZER. 
Libraries serve people of every age, education level, income level, ethnicity and physical ability. For many people, libraries provide resources that they could not otherwise afford – resources they need to live, learn, work and govern.

 

Libraries build communities

 

LIBRARIES BUILD COMMUNITIES. 
Libraries bring people together, both in person and online, to have conversations and to learn from and help each other. Libraries provide support for seniors, immigrants and others with special needs.

Libraries protect our right to know

 

LIBRARIES PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO KNOW.  Our right to read, seek information, and speak freely must not be taken for granted. Libraries and librarians actively defend this most basic freedom as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Libraries strengthen our nation

 

LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN OUR NATION.  
The economic health and successful governance of our nation depend on people who are literate and informed. School, public, academic, and special libraries support this basic right.

Libraries advance research and scholarship

 

LIBRARIES ADVANCE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP
Knowledge grows from knowledge. Whether doing a school assignment, seeking a cure for cancer, pursuing an academic degree, or developing a more fuel efficient engine, scholars and researchers of all ages depend on the knowledge and expertise that libraries and librarians offer.

 

Libraries help us to understand each other

 

LIBRARIES HELP US TO BETTER UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER. 
People from all walks of life come together at libraries to discuss issues of common concern. Libraries provide programs, collections, and meeting spaces to help us share and learn from our differences.

Libraries preserve our nation's cultural heritage

 

LIBRARIES PRESERVE OUR NATION’S CULTURAL HERITAGE.  
The past is key to our future.  Libraries collect, digitize, and preserve original and unique historical documents that help us to better understand our past, present and future.


We've signed the declaration. Have you? ilovelibraries.org/declaration