National Library Week 2012: “You belong @ your library”

April 30, 2012

Communities across the U.S. celebrated the valuable contributions of the nation’s libraries during National Library Week (NLW), April 8–14. This year’s theme was “You belong @ your library.” From flash mob reading and author events to mock cake decorating and bookmobile programs, NLW and each special designated day during the weeklong observance brought a variety of events to libraries nationwide.

Teens at Loudoun County (Va.) Public Library express their reasons for being library customers on T-shirts that state why they belong at the library.
New Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library posters are part of a public awareness campaign using the NLW theme. The library is the 2012 $3,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant recipient. The money was also used to create new public transit signs and window clings targeting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.
More than 300 community members and staff from Poudre River Public Library District in Fort Collins, Colorado, enjoy a 15-minute break with their favorite books, e-readers, and magazines during a Flash Mob Reading event for Drop Everything and Read Day April 12, part of NLW.
 Author T. Jefferson Parker (seated left) joins staff from Carlsbad (Calif.) City Library after a talk about his book Iron River, also depicted in a book cake, during the 8th Carlsbad Reads Together event April 14.
Drummer boy William Wyman provides music during the Civil War Encampment at Cecil County (Md.) Public Library's Perryville branch April 14. The event is part of the library's yearlong programming celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Maryland. Photo credit: Katelyn Thomas Photography
A student prepares to get her picture taken at the John Peace Library at the University of Texas at San Antonio photo booth April 11, part of the weeklong Smartphone-based scavenger challenge. Photos were posted on Facebook and those who tagged themselves were entered into a prize drawing.
Ryan Beasley ( left) and Keisha White show off their winning Most Original cake during the Second Annual Boss of Cakes Competition April 10 at Newport News (Va.) Public Library System's Pearl Bailey branch. Youth ages 8-18 competed in the event by creating giant birthday cakes using boxes and other craft materials.
Mary Poppins and Abraham Lincoln, depicted by St. Ambrose University Library staffers, stage a mock battle during Dress Like a Literary Character Day at the Davenport, Iowa, university. Other events inlcuded the 11th annual Paper Plane Flying Contest and a life-sized Angry Birds game.


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