What is Na­tional Li­brary Week and Bookmobile Day?

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By AMANDA BUT­LER

Dear Li­brar­ian: I read last week’s ar­ti­cle about the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary’s bookmobile – can you tell me more about Li­brary Week and Bookmobile Day?

Dear Reader: Happy Na­tional Li­brary Week! Since 1958 li­braries across the coun­try cel­e­brate each April, this year from April 10-16. It is a time to cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tions of our na­tion’s li­braries and li­brar­i­ans to our com­mu­ni­ties. It is also a week to raise aware­ness of the many im­pact­ful pro­grams, events and ser­vices your lo­cal li- brary pro­vides, es­pe­cially the bookmobile.

Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary’s first bookmobile was on the road in 1947 and has served our cit­i­zens for al­most 70 years. Even in the dig­i­tal age, the li­brary’s bookmobile’s ser­vice is more im­por­tant than ever.

The li­brary’s bookmobile has a pow­er­ful mis­sion: reach com­mu­ni­ties, fam­i­lies, adults and chil­dren who can­not oth­er­wise eas­ily ac­cess the crit­i­cal ed­u­ca­tional and cul­tural ser­vices that are the foun­da­tion of suc­cess. Users not only get great books, they are con­nected with the li­brary’s ser­vices and sum­mer learn­ing, as well as li­brar­i­ans, teach­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers who open doors to imag­i­na­tion and suc­cess for the whole fam­ily.

This Wed­nes­day, April 13, is Na­tional Bookmobile Day, part of Na­tional Li­brary Week. To cel­e­brate, the Friends of Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary are host­ing a “give-back” night at Chili’s in Elk­ton. For din­ers who show the Friends’ flier (on pa­per or on your de­vice), the Friends will earn 10 per­cent of the day’s pro­ceeds to­ward the pur­chase of a new bookmobile – check here for de­tails: http:// ow.ly/10mO9r.

The li­brary’s bookmobile is one of the most im­por­tant, far-reach­ing ser­vices the li­brary of­fers. With­out its tar­geted out­reach vis­its, many low-in­come and ge­o­graph­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and teens wouldn’t be able to par­tic­i­pate or gain ac­cess to books, es­pe­cially over the sum­mer, largely due to bar­ri­ers like transportation. The bookmobile’s out­reach plays an in­te­gral part in the li­brary’s mis­sion to con­nect all Ce­cil County fam­i­lies with ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­nity and suc­cess.

Please join the Friends as we cel­e­brate Na­tional Bookmobile Day.

Last Week’s Trivia Ques­tion: Which of Amelia’s air­planes is on dis­play at the Smith­so­nian Air & Space Mu­seum in D.C.? An­swer: Lock­heed Model 5B Vega

This Week’s Trivia Ques­tion: What Mary­land Li­brary had the first bookmobile in Amer­ica?

Up­com­ing Event: Visit the Elk­ton Cen­tral Li­brary on Thurs­day for a STEM ca­reers show­case. An in­ter­ac­tive ca­reer fair will start at 6 p.m. and in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives from a num­ber of dif­fer­ent STEM fields, in­clud­ing Aberdeen Prov­ing Ground, Or­bital/ ATK, Old Do­min­ion Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive, Na­tional Aquar­ium, Fair Hill Nat­u­ral Re­source Cen­ter, Op­er­a­tive Ex­pe­ri­ence, In­cor­po­rated, Mary­land Sci­ence Cen­ter and Union Hos­pi­tal, as well as Ce­cil Col­lege and the School of Tech­nol­ogy. This is aimed at chil­dren and teens ages 11 and up with their fam­i­lies. Call 410-9965600 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Amanda But­ler is a guest li­brar­ian and pres­i­dent of the Friends of the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary. To find out more about the Friends or be­come one your­self, email friends@cc­plnet.org or call 410-996-1055 ext. 474.

What Peo­ple Are Ask­ing runs weekly in Jump­start and is writ­ten by li­brar­i­ans at the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary. Ques­tions? Visit your lo­cal branch, email ask@cc­plnet.org, call 410-996-5600 or visit www.ce­cil.ebranch.

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