What is National Library Week and Bookmobile Day?
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 email@example.com or call 410-996-1055 ext. 474.
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