The ALA’s National Library Week (also)

April 7, 2010 at 8:44 am 1 comment

Perhaps not uncoincidentally, next week (being HCI’s Library Week) is also the American Library Association’s National Library Week.

National Library Week will be observed April 11-17, 2010 with the theme, “Communities thrive @ your library®.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

The honorary chair of the 2010 National Library Week is Neil Gaiman, one of my favorite writers. In addition to being a bestselling author, he tirelessly campaigns for freedom of speech and expression on behalf of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), and also does cool things like post the video tour that he did for his Newberry Medal-winning young adult novel The Graveyard Book*, in which he reads the book in its entirety, online for free.

Next week, Gaiman will be participating in a live internet event called “An Evening With Neil Gaiman,” in which he will talk about libraries and censorship, in addition to reading several unpublished and uncollected stories (a real treat) and “a smattering of old favourites.” The event will take place online on 12 April from 6:00-8:00 p.m. CDT (UTC/GMT -5; or 5:00-7:00 a.m. on 13 April, Singapore time) and will be streamed live by the Jessamine County Public Library; those interested in viewing the streaming will need to register on the JCPL website.

How wonderful that two great countries on opposite sides of the world will be celebrating books, libraries, and reading in the same week!

* My review of The Graveyard Book: A remarkable retelling of Kipling’s The Jungle Book, but one set in a graveyard where the orphaned boy is brought up by ghosts. Nobody “Bod” Owens learns the important skills of Fading and Fear, but out beyond the graveyard still lives the man Jack who killed Bod’s family, and is waiting to finish the job. Scary and wonderful and full of masterful turns of phrase. An instant classic. Highly recommended.


Entry filed under: Events, Public Libraries, Recreational Reading.

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