Library April News Article

Libraries = Strong Communities: Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13, 2019

Melinda Gates is 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair!

Melinda Gates has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities and societies. Now she will lend her support to advocate for our nation’s libraries as honorary chair of National Library Week. Over the last 20 years, Gates has invested more than $1 billion through her foundation’s Global Libraries initiative to enhance the power of libraries to improve lives. On April 23, Gates will debut “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World,” Gates details the tremendous opportunities that exist right now to “turbo-charge” change, and she provides simple and effective methods that each of us can use to make a difference.

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.

About National Library Week

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 citizens 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!”  The 2019 celebration marks the 61st anniversary of the first event. Read more about the 60-year history of National Library Week at American Libraries magazine. › CONFERENCESEVENTS › Celebration Weeks & Promotional Events



Libraries = Strong Communities: Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13, 2019. Melinda Gates is 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair! … First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries



National Library Week is April 7-13!  The motto is Libraries = strong Communities, or is it that Strong Communities = Libraries.  I think it is both!   It is fun to see what is happening.  As the temperatures warm more people attend our library.  They realize what we have to offer and what a great place it is. Please consider coming and getting a library card if you need one.  It is your ticket to Books, DVD’s, Museum passes, Technology challenges and just plain old fun.

This month the Otis Library shows you the past, the present and the future.  The exhibits this month are from the museum which is housed upstairs, and the trustees and other interested people have brought pieces to show you all about the past concentrating on the years 1775 & 1776., which is the time Henry Knox ventured on the Knox Trail.  In  addition you can see artifacts from the Civil War, the antique flags that represent different times in our history, books, pictures, and maps to show the history of Otis.  This year we have added the World War II scrapbook from the family of Cathi Casey.  Several items will be exhibited that show tools, and implements used in the past.  Many you will have to guess the use.

Add the history of the Knox Trail.  Do you know what the Knox Trail is?  Can you locate the parts of the Knox Trail in Otis?  Many children hear of the Knox Trail but they do not know what it is.  We are having a descendent of Henry Knox bring her book Henry’s big Kaboom and her musical talent to teach and entertain children and their families on April 18th at 10:00 am.  Children will learn all about the Knox Trail at this book reading and signing by Mary Ames Mitchell.  What a fun vacation event!

We will continue to pay tribute to women by keeping our new biographical DVD’s on display, for women in history.  Come learn about Edith Warton, Susan B Anthony, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Lise Meitner, and several more.  We are privileged to have so many talented women as part of our Berkshire History.

We wrap up our Cradles to Crayons Pajama Drive in association with the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Library Association and we thank all who helped make this drive our most successful, collecting 93 pairs of pajamas.  We start our Food for Fines campaign for the month of April.  If you have any library fines you may pay by contributing food which will be collected and distributed to the Lee Food Pantry.  You may contribute even if you do not have any fines.  All donations are welcome.

We begin our season of activity.  The library Annual Campaign for support will begin soon. We thank you for your support.  We have started to register vendors for the Annual Library Country Craft Fair.  Please contact us if you would like to volunteer to help us with this wonderful community event.

New Releases

Print                                                                                          Audio                                                            DVD

Runaway   by      Harlan Coban                                         Kingdom of the Blind   by Louise Penny    Thai   Cave Rescue

The Fifth Doctrine   by Karen Robards                           Verses for the Dead  Preston & Child          Mary Poppins Returns

Wild Card  by Stuart Woods                                             Daughter of War Brad Taylor                       The Favourite

Dark Tribute by  Iris Johansen                                          New Iberia Blues  by James Burke               Green Book

Holy Envy  Barbara by Brown Taylor                                                                                                          Free Solo

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