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National Library Week: What’s Happening Nation-Wide   Leave a comment

Here’s a press release from the American Library Association (ALA) that goes over some of the activities that will take place nation-wide during National Library Week.

CHICAGO—With Americans turning to libraries in record number for employment resources and technology support, the nation’s libraries celebrate National Library Week, April 11-17.

The celebration, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), includes events held at thousands of libraries to promote the many free resources available.

The programs  include  assisting the unemployed with jobs searches and filing unemployment benefits, helping the unskilled learn to use a computer, providing homework help, access to e-government services and providing accurate financial education information.

This year’s honorary chair is best-selling author Neil Gaiman.  Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels “Neverwhere,” “Stardust,” “American Gods,” “Anansi Boys” (#1 NYT bestseller), and “Good Omens” (with Terry Pratchett); the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the short story collections “Smoke and Mirrors” and “Fragile Things.” He is also the author of books for readers of all ages including the #1 bestselling and Newbery Medal winning novel “The Graveyard Book.”

In a print public service announcement for National Library Week that can be downloaded from, Gaiman brings his messages about the value of America’s libraries to communities across the country.

Americans visited their libraries nearly 1.4 billion times and checked out more than 2 billion items in the past year, and library use continues to climb. Survey results indicate that 68 percent of adults in the U.S. have public library cards, the greatest number since the American Library Association (ALA) started to measure library card usage in 1990.  This is an increase of more than 10 percent in both checked out items and library visits, compared to data from the last economic downturn in 2001.

On Monday, April 12, the ALA’s Public Information Office will release “The State of America’s Libraries” report detailing both the positive impact libraries and librarians have on the millions of people who use them and the various challenges libraries face.

The week’s festivities will include National Library Workers Day (, which is celebrated Tuesday, April 13. This national observance is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers – including librarians, support staff and others. It is sponsored by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), an organization that advocates for improving the salaries and status of librarians and support staff,

On Wednesday, April 14, the highly anticipated “Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2009” list will be released from the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. The list will include the reasons behind the challenges, as well as the overall number of challenges received in 2009.

Also on April 14, libraries will also celebrate the first-ever National Book Mobile Day. On this day libraries will recognizes and celebrates the role of bookmobiles and direct-delivery outreach services in fulfilling the mission of libraries.

On Thursday, April 15, the ALA will celebrate Support Teen Literature Day ( in which libraries across the country will host programs and celebrations to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens. Programs will showcase award-winning authors and books in the genre, as well as highlight librarians’ expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials. This annual celebration is sponsored by the ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association.

In addition to National Library Week, many school libraries also celebrate the month of April as School Library Media Month (, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the ALA.

For more information on National Library Week, visit the National Library Week Press Kit at .

Posted April 7, 2010 by emailhannah in news, What's New?

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Recycled Book Contest Ideas   1 comment

If you have a stack of old books that are falling apart and you don’t know what to do with them, are good with arts and crafts, and have some time on your hands, consider participating in the Recycled Book Contest during National Library Week at the Library After Dark Open House on Thursday, April 15 (5:30pm-8pm). Everyone gets a prize, just for participating.

Here are some ideas to inspire you:

Book Purse

And here’s a link where you can get instructions on how to make one yourself.

Book Beads

Here are instructions on how to make book beads.

Popup Book

Here are instructions on how to make your own popup book.

Recycled Book Lamp

Instructions on how to make one yourself.

Paper Wreath

There are all kinds of wreaths you can make with old books. Here’s one set of instructions, and here’s another.

There are many more ideas to explore…so happy crafting!

For more information about the National Library Week festivities that will take place at Harper College Library, and to learn more about the Recycled Book Contest (and to download an entry form), check out our National Library Week guide.

National Library Week Festivities   1 comment

National Library Week, which takes place from April 11-17, is a weeklong celebration that recognizes contributions that libraries and librarians make to society and raises awareness of libraries within their communities. Harper College Library will be taking part in the festivities in several ways:

Harper College Library Book Sale

Come browse through the thousands of books that will be on sale during the Harper College Library Book Sale. Books will be $1 each or $5 for 6. There will be a special sale during Library After Dark (Thursday, April 15 from 5:30-8pm) when books will be sold by the pound for very, very cheap.  (Did I mention that they’ll be cheap?).

Dates and Times:
Tuesday, April 13th from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday, April 14th from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Thursday, April 15th from 10:00am to 8:00pm

Photo credit: Mike Baehr

Recycled, Re-imagined, Reused Book Contest

Create something new and fun out of something old. Turn your old books into a unique handcrafted item. And get prizes while you’re at it!

Harper College students, employees, and community members are invited to submit entries for the Recycled Book Contest, which will take place during the Library After Dark Open House on Thursday, April 15 (entries are due in the library between 5pm to 6pm that day).

Contest Guidelines
1. Use an old book that is ready for recycling (circulating library books are not to be used or harmed for this contest).
2. Use any creative technique to create your work of art.
3. Deliver and set up your entry on Thursday, April 15 between 5 and 6 pm.
4. Open voting will take place between 6pm and 7:30pm on April 15.
5. Winners will be announced between 7:30pm and 8pm.
6. Award winners receive the following:

  • First place: Library gift bag filled with goodies: 4 movie tickets, library tee-shirt, 2G flash drive, book light
  • Second place: Library tee-shirt, book light, and 2G flash drive
  • All entrants will receive a participation prize.

Go to the National Library Week research guide to download an entry form, which is due no later than 10pm on April 13.  Entries will be judged by popular vote during the Library After Dark Open House.

Photo credit: Günther

Photo credit: Rebecca Nichols

Photo credit: Becky Striepe

Art Mural Contest

We are now accepting entries for our blank wall down at the Checkout Desk. The mural panels are 20″ X 24.” The theme is Your Favorite Reading Material. All entries will be voted on during the Library After Dark Open House (Thursday, April 15th, from 5:30pm-8pm). Winners will be notified within a week of judging and all mural panels are to be completed by the end of the Spring Semester. Ask a library staff member for an entry form or download it from the National Library Week research guide.

Library After Dark Open House

APRIL 15, 2010 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Harper College Library

Library After Dark will be a great chance to get to learn more about your library and your library staff. Here are all of the activities that are scheduled:

  • Create your own READ poster
  • Share a favorite memory about libraries/books in the video booth that we’ll set up
  • Vote for your favorite Recycled Book Contest entry
  • Vote for your pick for the Library’s Art Mural Contest
  • Leave your mark in the library with a book review that we’ll hang on the Tree of Knowledge
  • Enter the READ poster scavenger hunt contest
  • Participate in the hidden recycled origami crane contest
  • Enjoy refreshments


Tree of Knowledge Book Reviews   Leave a comment

The Tree of Knowledge is an iconic piece of art that usually decorates the Quiet Study area in the Harper College Library. Help us spread your own love of libraries and books by contributing to an online interactive slideshow that will include your favorite book and/or book review.

Here’s how it works:

Using the comment feature on VoiceThread–a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos–you can add text, video, or audio of the following:

* Your favorite Book

* A short book review

* A favorite book quote

* Why you love libraries

Be sure to include your name!

In addition to this VoiceThread, your contribution will be added to a postcard on the Tree of Knowledge during the Library After Dark activities on April 15 during National Library Week.

Add to the Tree of Knowledge VoiceThread here.

Or if you prefer, add your book reviews (or etc.) in a comment. Your contribution will be added to the Tree of Knowledge during National Library Week (April 12-16)


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