We are everywhere!
By “We” I mean public libraries, of course.
According to the American Library Association there are 16,568 public libraries (including branch locations) in the United States!
That’s more libraries than there are Starbucks! Than there are McDonald’s! More than all the KFCs, Taco Bells and Walmarts put together!
According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, those 16,568 libraries serve over 297 million people, over 96% of the population! There are 3 libraries and 5.8 library outlets (branches, bookmobiles, etc.) for every 100,000 people.
It turns out we are a big part of life for a huge number of Americans. We’re just kind of quiet about it. Self-promotion is difficult when you have been quietly doing your job of providing free access to books, information, technology, services and educational, cultural and entertainment programming for the last couple of hundred years. We are working on it, but it is slow going.
The good news is that you can help. If you are one of those 297 million that we serve, and odds are good that your are, just keep us in mind. Remember us the next time you’re in line at Starbucks, and maybe make a note to let somebody know about how great the local library is.
It doesn’t matter where your are, there should be one nearby.
To recognize the diligence, dedication, and skill of library staff and librarians, the Tuesday of National Library Week has been designated National Library Workers Day!
Don’t worry, he actually enjoys his work and loves books. He just always looks like that.
So, if you are a library patron, consider giving your favorite library staff members a, “Good job,” or a, “Thank you for all your help,” today. Maybe even consider nominating them as a Star Library Worker.
If you are not a library patron, consider becoming a library patron and then doing that. 😉
If you haven’t already voted, today is the day!
And (if you will permit us to be a bit self-serving) while you are at it, don’t forget…
Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration!
United for Libraries will coordinate the 13th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2018.
We just wanted to take a moment to thank the Friends of the Moline Public Library. Their volunteer-run book store and fundraisers provide invaluable supplemental funding for the library and its programs. Their time and effort have translated to hundreds of thousands of dollars that the library was able to use to give back to the community.
If you want to support the Friends and the Moline Public Library stop by during National Friends of Libraries Week and check out their Silent Auction and Raffle that’s happening in the lobby.
And while your at it you might as well vote while your here!
February is National Library Lovers Month!
There is a lot of love flying around during the month February and at least some of it is directed at libraries. This is the month to reflect on just how much your favorite library – school, public, academic, special, private, corporate, etc. – means to you and the others that use its collection and services.
Literally millions of you visit us each day nation wide. Millions. So we already know that you love us, even if you don’t always say it.
Looking for a more concrete way to express your love for your library but think roses are cliche and chocolates cause cavities? Here are three ideas for you:
Just stop by. Even if it has been awhile. Especially if you have never been. There’s no better time to stop in. Browse the shelves, maybe sign up for or renew that library card, check out a book or two or ten, sit down and read a magazine, or attend a program; whatever you’d like.
The Friends of the Moline Public Library Sale Room in the library is totally run by volunteers who assist patrons in selections, accept new donations, restock shelves and sort received materials in our sorting room. Interested? Please print out our Friends Volunteer Application and return the completed form to the Moline Public Library or you can complete the form online.
In addition to giving your valuable time as a volunteer, material and funding donations are always welcome. Books and other donated materials help to supplement our collection and those items that don’t end up on shelf will go to our Sale Room with the proceeds from its sale then going back to the library. Monetary donations help to fund valued library services and programs that are enjoyed by our library patrons. Every little bit helps and is very much appreciated.