National Librarian Day
National Librarian Day is observed next on Tuesday, April 16th, 2024 (139 days from today).
National Librarian Day is an opportunity to celebrate all the knowledge librarians possess every year.
April 16th is National Librarian Day. You can think of them as bookbinders, who spend their days cataloging and rearranging books, but librarians play a much more important role from children's story time to literacy classes. Moreover, libraries give a lot of free public resources.
With their training, professional librarians are able to know how to organize books, make decisions for their libraries, and liaise with local schools and universities, methods, organizing events and programming, teaching classes…effectively with complex cataloging systems. Their roles are constantly evolving to adapt to new technologies and societal needs.
History of National Librarian Day
Patterned in popular culture as elderly ladies with glasses who frequently annoy their teenage clients, librarians are dedicated professionals who perform a variety of tasks to keep their library safe, active institutes, organize programs and update their collections.
The first major libraries in the United States were mostly privately owned and required an entrance fee or a membership fee to gain access. The concept of a free public library persisted into the late 1800s. In the early 20th century, after the library catalog was standardized with Dewey Decimal System and other practices, thousands of new branches across the country were rapidly expanded by the public library. By 1900, the range of libraries had also expanded, with many rooms offering interlibrary reference and lending. During the Great Depression, libraries played an important role with struggling families looking for a cozy haven and free entertainment.
At the present, libraries are not only place for supplying reading chance for people but also a repository of knowledge. To keep up with changing technology, library now are constantly upgrading by adding extra audiobooks, e-readers, free computer skills classes, and access to free online resources. There were also many language and citizenship classes offered with the access of many helpful tools, technology such as 3D printers and computers, and free workshops on a variety of interests and life skills at many public libraries. They provide a quiet place for relaxing during hot or rainy days without charge and they are considered as a safe destination for children and teenagers.
Some truths about National Librarian Day
Every April 16th, National Librarian Day recognizes the professionals who keep school libraries running efficiently. School librarians spend many hours on organizing the library. They are also dedicated to helping our children find the resources they need to continue their education. School librarians create an environment for students to learn every day and everywhere. Their work is an impressive achievement.
School librarians give some instruction not only text, print media, and literature but also digital resources and technologies, which connect people to libraries around the world.
Some reasons for National Librarian Day being loved
- It's a great reason to read
Are you procrastinating finishing that novel? Is there a new book you would like to read? Take a moment today to read without interruption.
- It honors unsung heroes
Librarians perform many important social functions, but we often do not realize the scope of their services.
- It highlights public services
Public libraries are an important service in an increasingly privatized world. National Librarian Day honors these public spaces for their contribution to the general well-being of society.
How to celebrate National Librarian Day
- Visit your local library
How long did you visit the library? Many public libraries are housed in beautiful historic buildings. Find yours today.
- Thanks a librarian
Express you thanks to your local librarian because of their service and let them know.
- Donate some books to the library
Ask your local library if they are looking for any specific donations. Check out your bookshelf or buy a few new books to donate to their collection.
ObservedNational Librarian Day has been observed annually on April 16th.
Saturday, April 16th, 2022
Sunday, April 16th, 2023
Tuesday, April 16th, 2024
Wednesday, April 16th, 2025
Thursday, April 16th, 2026