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It’s Time for National Library Week!
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Technology class at Tamarac Library
At Tamarac Library, technology classes transform lives during National Library Week and all year ‘round.

Lives change @ your library! April 13-19
 
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. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
 
Celebrating National Library Week with Broward County Library! Free, fun events for all ages:
 
National Library Week Contest: Write an essay or poem and tell us how “lives change” at your library. Prizes! Northwest Regional Library
 
April 1 - Writer's Critique Group, 5:30 to 7:45 p.m., West Regional Library
April 2 - Coral Springs Book Bunch: House Rules by Jodi Picoult, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
April 16 - Foreign Film Series with Discussion and Commentary with Shelly Isaacs, 2 to 4:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
April 16 - Poetry Public Reading with Anastasia Clark, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Main Library
April 19 - National Library Week Writing Contest Award Reception, 2 to 4 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
April 22 - Librarian's Choice - Best Books of 2013, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tamarac Library
April 25 - West Regional Book Club: The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., West Regional Library

This Year’s Honorary Chair – Author Judy Blume

Author Judy Blume
Author Judy Blume

Best-selling author and intellectual freedom advocate Judy Blume will serve as honorary chair of National Library Week, 2014. Judy Blume writes that she found her first favorite books while sitting on the floor of the children’s room at the public library in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She grew up with her own characters and stories running around inside her head. Today her characters live in 28 books in 32 languages.
 
Blume is a longtime advocate of intellectual freedom. She has worked closely with the National Coalition Against Censorship as well as the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom to protect the freedom to read. She is proud to be a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Library Association. Most recently she was co-writer/producer of a film adaptation of her novel Tiger Eyes. Currently she is writing a new novel.

History of National Library Week
 
Little children in school uniforms attending a literacy class at Carver Ranches library
Story time at Carver Ranches Library promotes literacy for little ones.
In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizen’s organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious. They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life."
 
In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!" National Library Week was observed again in 1959, and the ALA Council voted to continue the annual celebration. When the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974, ALA assumed full sponsorship.

Archives
Celebrate National Library Week with the Top Librarian Picks for Spring 2014 from LibraryReads.org

The Weight of Blood: A Novel by Laura McHugh
The Accident: A Novel by Chris Pavone
The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths
A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante
Gemini by Carol Wiley Cassella
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Good Luck of Right Now: A Novel by Matthew Quick
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (eBook)
Ripper by Isabel Allende