Celebrate National Library Week April 4 - 10
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week (April 4-10) is a chance for us to celebrate and support the value libraries bring to communities. During these challenging times, libraries of all types have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their patrons. Libraries across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources and supporting the community with virtual services.
This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by following us on social media #SummitCountyLibraries and using the hashtags: #NationalLibraryWeek | #LibrariesTransform
A little history…
When National Library Week began over 60 years ago, research showed that Americans were spending more money on radios, televisions, and musical instruments than books. Thus, National Library Week was founded on the belief that as people read more, they would support and use libraries more.
Though the methods, technology, and role of libraries have changed in the past 60 years, our universal goals of building lifelong readers, creating inclusive learning environments, protecting intellectual freedom and privacy, serving a diverse public, and connecting community through engaging programs remain steadfast.
Ways to Celebrate with Summit County Library during April
Visit the Library Virtually or by Appointment
Whether you're visiting in person or virtually, libraries offer the opportunity to explore new worlds through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs. Take time to connect with your library during National Library Week to see all they have to offer. Be sure to check our large selection of Stream and Download resources! We continue to offer curbside pickup and 45 appointments at our locations.
Free Replacement Cards
Have you lost your library card or is your current card looking ragged? Come in during April to have it replaced for free!
Food Drive to Support FIRC
Let's pay it forward by donating to the FIRC (Family and Intercultural Resource Center) Food Bank which has been busier than ever this past year. Drop items off in the bins outside any of our 3 locations during our open hours. List of requested items here.
Escape Room at South Branch Library
Think you’re smarter than a librarian? Think you can escape her office? There’s only one way to find out. Come celebrate National Library Week with a free escape room for all ages at the South Branch Library in Breckenridge. The escape room is offered Monday – Friday, at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, or 4pm. Call anytime to schedule your escape: (970)-453-3544. We can’t wait to see you try and escape the library! Dum dum dummmmm.
*6 people max. 1 household per group.
Participate in the #MyLibraryIs promotion on social media
Celebrate by sharing what you love about the resources and services available at your library. Post to Instagram, Twitter, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page, about an e-book, audiobook, virtual storytime or bookclub, or how your library has made a difference while you've been social distancing at home. Use the hashtag #MyLibraryIs. The American Library Association will gather the entries, and one randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card. The promotion starts Sunday, April 4 at noon CT and ends on Saturday, April 10 at noon CT. Don’t forget to tag your library!
Natalie Portman to Serve as 2021
National Library Week Honorary Chair
Actress, author, and activist Natalie Portman will lend her star power to shine a spotlight on our nation’s libraries as the honorary chair of National Library Week 2021. She will help highlight the essential role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in serving their communities, especially during challenging times.
Portman is an Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, and activist whose credits include “Black Swan,” “Jackie,” and the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder.” A lifelong fan of books, she shares the books she’s reading on her Instagram feed, as part of Natalie Portman's Book Club, using the hashtag #whatnatreads. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, she is a graduate of Harvard University, and now lives with her family in Los Angeles. Natalie Portman’s “Fables” is her debut picture book.