For Immediate Release
April 08, 2013
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BPL Communications Office
Boston Public Library is taking part in National Library Week, April 14-20, and welcomes its users to join in the celebration. First held in 1958, National Library Week is an observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country.
Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, material for English as a second language, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, library staff listen and respond to the communities they serve, providing a place for community gathering and lifelong learning.
Last year, Boston Public Library hosted more than 10,000 public programs, lent out more than 3.8 million books and audiovisual materials, and received more than 7.8 million visits to its website. In the same year, Boston Public Library helped more than 37,000 Boston residents sign up for library cards, hosted more than 800,000 free computer sessions, and had more than 3.4 million people pass through its doors.
Boston Public Library is celebrating National Library Week in two special ways this year. The library is collecting stories from patrons via the “BPL Stories” page at www.bpl.org/stories. Library users are invited to submit stories about what the library means to them, what sorts of programs make a difference in their lives, and how a library staff member has helped them. In addition, Boston Public Library will publish profiles of new staff members on the BPL Stories page and on its main Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bostonpubliclibrary.
National Library Week is a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians, and library workers. “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, as Library for the Commonwealth, for the people of Massachusetts. Whether behind-the-scenes or working directly with patrons, 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.”
About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-five branches, a literacy center, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first publicly supported municipal library in America, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit www.bpl.org.