This week, the Warrior Library at Maine West joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or just relax. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including our collection of eBook and audio-books in Overdrive, a constantly rotating New Book Display-Readbox, and databases covering all content areas,that can be accessed in person or online.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. At the Warrior Library, we are transforming by constantly finding and instructing on new digital tools to meet the needs of our 1:1 classroom environments, and continuing to develop a leisure reading collection both in print and digitally to encourage a love of reading in and outside of the curriculum.
Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.
Libraries are many things to many people. They work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
The Warrior Library is celebrating National Library Week by partnering with our local library here in Des Plaines to get students their own library cards on Tuesday the 12th, and offering a relaxing “Color Your Own Bookmark” event with refreshments and music on Wednesday morning during late start, 7-8:30 am.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.