National Library Week: Find Your Place at the Library

National Library Week logo: Find your place at the libaryApril 19-25, 2020 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming communities and improving lives.  Our library invites all community members to find their place at the library by exploring their passions and discovering new interests through free technology, programs and services.  Even though we are can’t come together in-person, we are here to bring programs and services to you.

The library is a place where all people are welcome regardless of age, interests or background. From audiobooks and job-seeking resources to programs and technology assistance, the library has something for everyone.  Especially during these difficult times, libraries our here for everyone.

Today’s libraries strive to develop and maintain technology, programs and collections that are as diverse as the populations they serve. “Libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions where we can all come together, connect and learn alongside one another,” said Sarah Willeford, Library Director. “National Library Week is a perfect time for community members to check out what’s new at the library and pursue their interests and aspirations.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries of all types across the country each April.

For more information, call 515-281-1323 or visit us online at https://iowalibrary.blog/.  Listen to our April Library News Podcast and check out our YouTube Channel.

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Libraries transform lives every day

NLW-button_smallThe 2016 National Library Week theme is Libraries Transform, and Gene Luen Yang will serve as Honorary Chair.

Gene Luen Yang is an award-winning graphic novelist and the 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His 2006 book, “American Born Chinese,” was the first graphic novel to be a finalist for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award.  It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album.

What’s happening in libraries today? They’re more about doing than borrowing – more about connecting than simply plugging in. Whether you want to get involved in your community, find a job, start a business, or simply get ahead, your library is the key to opportunity. Libraries are transforming.

Thank you for celebrating National Library Week with us!

Celebrate National Library Week

NLW-FBprofile_0Transform your ideas about the library: celebrate National Library Week April 10-16

This week, the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped 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 large print, Braille, and digital books.

Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. At the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped we are transforming by launching a new service model that will provide patrons with more books but less cartridges, as each patron will receive two cartridges with ten books on each.  This will allow our patrons to have more books and not have to wait for the most popular titles.

Please join the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in celebrating National Library Week!