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CGCC Library Celebrates National Library Week: Home

National Library Week is April 4 - 10, 2021

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First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate our nation's libraries, library workers' contributions and promote library use and support. The theme this year is “Welcome to Your Library."  This promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs. Library workers continue to exceed their communities' demands and adapt resources and services to meet their users' needs during these challenging times.

Natalie Portman - Honorary Chair

Actress, author, and activist Natalie Portman is the honorary chair of National Library Week 2021. She will help highlight the essential role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in serving their communities, especially during challenging times. Portman is an Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, and activist. A lifelong fan of books, she shares the books she’s reading on her Instagram feed, as part of Natalie Portman's Book Club, using the hashtag #whatnatreads. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, she is a graduate of Harvard University, and now lives with her family in Los Angeles. Natalie Portman’s “Fables” is her debut picture book.

Week at a Glance

Monday, April 5State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2020. 
Tuesday, April 6National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. 

Wednesday, April 7National Library Outreach Day, a day to celebrate library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are. 

Thursday, April 8Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries.