This year’s theme: Connect With Your Library. Thankfully, there’s so many ways to do that these days!
Check out our social media: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or Twitter! Visit your local branch and see everything we have to offer! Ask questions to our cyberlibrarian! Request curated-just-for-you book suggestions via our Bookologists! Volunteer! Become a Friend of RPL! Check out our digital items on Libby or Hoopla!
This week you can also connect with our beloved mascot Ripple. He is making some visits to the branches to say hi and make new friends. Visit whichever time/place works best for you, or more than one! (Keep an eye out for a post later this week to learn more about Ripple.)
West End – Monday April 4th @ 10:30am
Belmont – Tuesday April 5th @ 10:30am
East End – Tuesday April 5th @ 4pm
Westover Hills – Wednesday April 6th @ 4pm
Main – Thursday April 7th @ 10:30am
Broad Rock – Thursday April 7th @ 4pm
Ginter Park – Friday April 8th @ 10:30am
National Library Week is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries, library worker’s contributions, and promote library use and support.
Today, April 4, ALA (American Library Association) releases its State of America’s Libraries Report which will include the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2021. It’s been a doozy of a year for challenges, I wonder how different the list will look from last year.
Tuesday, April 5, is National Library Workers Day. Simply put, libraries work because we do. We at RPL care about our community and hope it shows from displays and events to book recs and our diverse collection development. Feel free to flood our social media with reasons you’re thankful for RPL’s library workers or share your favorite event from the past year. We’d love to see it!
Wednesday, April 6, is National Library Outreach Day. Sometimes you can’t make it to us, so we make it to you! Whether its a bookmobile like RPS’s Lit Limo that we partner with or a community popup like story times at the Birdhouse Farmers Market, we try to make it easier for people to reach library resources.
Last but not least, Thursday, April 7, is Take Action for Libraries Day. Everyone who uses libraries can advocate for their funding. Each year Congress crafts a budget for the federal government that provides vital funding for libraries nationwide. Here’s a link to urge Congress to #FundLibraries. If you like, get involved at the city level by attending Community town halls hosted by the Mayor or speaking up at City Council Meetings. April is the month where public hearings are held on the Proposed Budget before it gets finalized.
All in all, huzzah for libraries and their workers!