National library week began in 1958 as a national observance of libraries across the country, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). It began in the mid-1950s after research showed that Americans were spending less time with books and more time on radios, televisions, and musical instruments. The ALA and the American Book Publishers responded by creating an organization in 1954 called the National Book Committee. By 1957 the committee developed a national plan for a library week hoping to encourage more people to read and thus support their local library. In 1959, the ALA voted National Library Week to be an annual celebration. In 1974, the ALA assumed full sponsorship of the annual event. Taking place each April, National Library week is a chance to celebrate all of the contributions that libraries and library staff have made in our nation while encouraging continued support for the library. During National Library week, libraries of all kind including public, academic, school and special collectively participate.
Within the each national library week, other celebrations take place that include, National Library Workers Day (usually celebrated on the Tuesday of national library week), National Bookmobile Day (celebrated the Wednesday of national library week), and Support Teen Literature Day, (celebrated on the Thursday of national library week).
As part of the Harper College Library’s celebration of national library week, the library conducted Library Snapshot Day, 2011. Included are over thirty pictures that capture a typical day at the Harper College Library. Feel free to explore the different pictures taken of the Harper College Library by clicking on the picture you want to see for a larger image. Have fun exploring and we at the Harper College Library will see you later! –Nick Hyten, Harper College Library practicum student