Dayton Metro Library invites everyone to show their #LibraryLove during National Library Week, April 8 - 12, 2019. National Library Week celebrates the contributions of the nation's libraries and library workers, and promotes the use and support of public libraries. Dayton Metro Library will host a celebration all week long, inviting the public to participate online in several key ways.
Tuesday, April 9: NATIONAL LIBRARY WORKERS DAY. Patrons are encouraged to go on social media and give a shout-out to a favorite Branch Library, take a selfie with a Librarian, or come up with their own unique way to say #ThanksDMLStaff.
“Library workers love what they do,” said Chuck Duritsch, External Relations Manager. “They love encouraging a child to read, helping an adult apply for a job, or connecting someone to a resource they need. On National Library Workers Day we celebrate the staff who are so vital to excellent library service.”
Wednesday, April 10: NATIONAL LIBRARY GIVING DAY, a one-day fundraising event to strengthen libraries that serve the community. Donations made to the DML Foundation on Library Giving Day will support the Library’s “Love Them Out Loud” early literacy project. Visit our donation page to make your #LibraryGivingDay gift today and help us get off to a great start!
“Love Them Out Loud is a series of three educational kits designed to help parents turn everyday experiences with their baby, toddler, or preschooler into teachable moments,” said Megan Cooper, Development Manager. “We're excited to leverage National Library Giving Day to make such an important local resource more accessible."
Thursday, April 11: SHARE YOUR STORY. Patrons are encouraged to use the hashtag #MyDMLstory to share a story online about how the Library has made a difference in their lives.
“As library employees, we sometimes hear stories about how a librarian always manages to find the right book or digital resource,” said Duritsch. “We hear about how someone passed a test, landed a job, or connected with a long-lost relative with the help of their library. We especially love fond memories of childhood visits to the library. All these stories inspire us.”
National Library Week has been sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1958, and is observed in libraries across the country each April. This year's theme is "Libraries = Strong Communities."
“It’s true that good libraries make a community healthier and stronger,” said Duritsch. “Libraries provide access to information and technology for everyone. They contribute to workforce development, they support schools and businesses, and they are a community hub for programs, classes and events. National Library Week gives us a chance to really celebrate.”