Opinion

Library Article

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Hello once again, readers, and happy National Library Week! National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious.  They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life." 

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!" 

At the Cherokee Public Library, we have a couple of neat events going on over the course of the week. First, the library has a display of the various Cherokee libraries throughout the US and beyond. This display can be found on the bulletin board headed to the atrium of the library. We will also be hosting the Chamber Coffee this Friday, April 8 at 9:30. Stop on by to meet library staff, tour the building, and of course, check out our materials!

Tyler Hahn

Director

Cherokee Public Library