April 7-13, the Cedar Rapids Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.
April 7-13 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.
“The theme this year is Libraries = Strong Communities, and the Cedar Rapids Public Library believes Strong Communities are formed through Literacy, Access, and Inclusion,” said Dara Schmidt, Library Director. “Through initiatives like Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Summer Dare, the Library works to support early literacy and prevent the summer slide. Trivia nights and Reality Bites programs give adults fun times and thoughtful conversations. Virtual Reality and robotics technology provide teens an opportunity to see into the future. And books, movies and music are windows for everyone to experience the world and beyond.”
This year the Cedar Rapids Public Library invites the community to celebrate National Library Week through a variety of ways beginning Monday, April 8:
- Visit one of our two locations and fill out a thank you card which will be distributed to local officials in support of our libraries;
- Pick up a “Library Supporter” sticker or a “Follow Me to the Library” bumper sticker and display your library love for all to see;
- Pick up one of our fun new bookmarks and use it proudly all year long;
- Add our special “Love My Library” frame to your Facebook profile picture;
- Share your love using the #nationallibraryweek hashtag and be sure to tag us;
- Thank a librarian or library staff member for their work.
“National Library Week is a great opportunity to explore what the Library has to offer,” said Schmidt. “The Cedar Rapids Public Library remains one of the most well used and loved institutions in our community because we are continually listening to our citizens and responding to their needs. We connect people to information, experiences, and services that enhance their quality of life so our community can learn, enjoy, and thrive.”
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.
For more information on this and all the Cedar Rapids Public Library has to offer, visit CRLibrary.org or call 319.261.READ.