Find the Library at your Place for National Library Week

Monday, April 20, 2020

Find the Library at Your Place, National Library Week, April 19 - April 25, 2020.

Find the Government & Heritage Library at Your Place

In celebration of National Library Week, April 19 – April 25, 2020, the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library (GHL) invites all community members to find the library at their place by visiting the website https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov to access virtual services and resources.

The original theme for National Library Week, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen months ago, before the emergence of a global pandemic would force libraries to close their buildings. In response to our rapidly-changing times, the theme was revised to “Find the library at your place,” to bring attention to how libraries are open for business online, offering the electronic services and digital content their communities need now more than ever.

While the GHL’s physical spaces may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19, patrons can discover online instructional tutorials in the new Government and Heritage Library Academy, ANCHOR, the digital online North Carolina History book, the NC Digital Collections and much more—all from home, https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/resources.

Connect with the GHL

What better way to celebrate National Library Week than signing up for a GHL library card and exploring what wonderful online resources you can access from home through our website! Did you know that all North Carolina residents are eligible to apply for a GHL library card? Signing up is easy! Simply visit https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/services/library-card and download an application. After filling the application out, submit it via e-mail to slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov. You can fill out an online application form through our catalog. Either way, a staff member will be in touch with you within a few days to provide you with your library card number and instructions on how to use your card.

Our library’s staff continues to serve the public in the midst of our current trying times. Looking to connect with a librarian regarding a question you have? Contact the library via our “Chat with a Librarian” service Monday-Friday from 8 AM-5 PM here http://bitly.com/AskGHL. Have a more in-depth question? Contact us via e-mail at slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov or by phone at (919) 814-6790.

National Library Week

National Library Week is an annual celebration sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) 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!"  The 2018 celebration marked the 60th anniversary of the first event. Read more about the history of National Library Week at American Libraries magazine.

Author: 
Rebecca Hyman, Outreach Librarian