Created in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association and observed in libraries across the country each April. Occurring this year from April 19-25, NLW is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.
From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.
As the impact of the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve and change the work of libraries and library workers, libraries are proving resourceful and resilient, serving as a rich pipeline for content, delivering access to ebooks, movies, music, virtual storytimes and activities, and so much more. Just as libraries are pivoting in response to the current situation, the ALA is changing the focus of its annual National Library Week celebration.
The theme for NLW 2020, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen before the emergence of the global pandemic. To acknowledge our altered landscape, ALA flipped the script a bit on the theme. “Find the library at your place” highlights how libraries are offering virtual services and digital content their communities need now more than ever.
Polk County Public Libraries staff are working hard to provide services to our patrons in this new environment. Visit our website at polklibrary.org or our Facebook page to access free ebooks and digital audiobooks from NC Digital Library, Home Grown ebooks, and TumbleBooks; virtual programs such as storytimes and craft demos; book recommendations from staff and patrons; and weekly literary challenges.
Don’t have a library card? No problem! Polk County residents can get a card over the phone by calling 828-894-8721.