The idea for incorporating a National Library Week into our calendar was first proposed by the American Library Association in 1957. The following year, the inaugural National Library Week was instated and it theme was “Wake Up and Read.” Now, over a half century later, our perceptions of society have changed but the importance of the library has remained.
The Library in today’s digital society continues to serve countless professionals as their initial resource for tackling society’s problems. They also provide our youth with an infinite number of stories that relay important life lessons. However, due to federal budgetary cuts, many libraries have been forced to retract some of their resources. In short, libraries have been at the core of our societal progress, even in the face of financial adversity. With this in mind, we should all support our local library by preparing to welcome this year’s National Library Week.
Set for April 8-14, 2012, this year’s theme is “You Belong @ Your Library.” While us law students typically use the library as a place to complete homework, we should embrace and utilize this year’s National Library Week as an opportunity to explore other uses for our library. Perhaps that means you will check out one of the new DVD’s or novels that have been added to our inventory. Or, perhaps you will set time out of your day to speak with library staff members. By delving into these invaluable resources, you will soon discover that there is something here for everyone. Regardless of what you choose to do, you will find that you belong.
~Matt Froelich, L’13~