For Immediate Release
April 04, 2012
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BOSTON – April 4, 2012 – The Boston Public Library is taking part in National Library Week, April 8-14, and welcomes its users to join in the celebration, both online and in library locations. First held in 1958, National Library Week is an observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.
Libraries have historically served as great equalizers of knowledge. The strength of libraries has always been the diversity of their collections and commitment to serving everyone, free to all. During National Library Week, the Boston Public Library highlights its service as a community gathering place and center of knowledge for lifelong learners.
The Boston Public Library is celebrating National Library Week in two special ways in 2012. On Tuesday, April 10, the Boston Public Library will commemorate National Library Workers Day, a day that recognizes the contributions of all library workers, including support staff, librarians, business office workers, custodians, and others who make library services possible.
“No tribute to libraries would be complete without a celebration of the talented staff of the Boston Public Library and the work they do every day for the people of Boston and the Commonwealth. Whether behind-the-scenes or working directly with the library users, the staff is the heart and soul of the Boston Public Library,” said State Representative and BPL Trustee Byron Rushing. He continued, “I also want to acknowledge our volunteers whose energy, knowledge, and time add so much to our users’ library experience.”
Beginning today, library users are invited to visit www.bpl.org/stories to share their stories about help received from Boston Public Library workers and times when libraries made a difference in their lives. Stories and comments will also be collected via the Boston Public Library’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.
On Thursday, April 12, the BPL will participate in Massachusetts’ second annual Library Snapshot Day, a statewide campaign designed to help answer the question: What happens in a single day in Massachusetts libraries? Boston Public Library staff members across the city will be taking pictures that show the many entertaining and educational moments that occur in the course of a day at a public library. BPL locations will also collect data to compile a “snapshot” that depicts all that a public library means to all members of a community, including job seekers, entrepreneurs, gamers, movie fans, writers, students, and families. BPL images from the 2011 Library Snapshot Day are posted online.
Sponsors of Snapshot Day in Massachusetts include the Massachusetts Library Association, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Massachusetts School Library Association, and Massachusetts Library System.
Visit www.bpl.org/stories to share a story, view snapshots, and learn more about National Library Week plans.