It’s National Library Week!
The American Library Association began sponsoring National Library Week in 1958. The idea behind this event was to motivate people to read, so they would then support and use libraries. Believe it or not, there were concerns in the 1950s that Americans were reading less because research showed that more time was being spent on radios, televisions, and musical instruments than on books.
The library environment has changed significantly since then, but libraries continually strive to keep up with the times. Internet access has impacted the library’s role in meeting research needs. Reference books are being replaced with electronic databases, offering up-to-date information and ease of use for quick searches. However, patrons still depend on librarians for more in-depth research assistance.
Libraries have always offered traditional print book collections but now they also provide ebooks, CDs, and DVDs. The appeal of story time at the library has not diminished. Parents still find value and fun for their children in letting them participate in reading programs. Libraries make an effort to keep up with the latest book trends, like graphic novels for pre-teens and teens, to attract and retain new users. Many libraries have computer activity centers for kids and teens, which emphasize game-based learning.
The local library is a unique place of knowledge as well as a community gathering spot. Libraries encourage interaction whether through books, technology, or person-to-person. There are many types of libraries: school, academic, public, church, and specialty libraries such as medical, business, and governmental. In addition, there are online libraries!
The Internet Public Library features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites; links to online texts, newspapers, and magazines; special collections; sections for kids and teens; and an online reference service staffed by real librarians and graduate students in library and information science.
The Homeschool Library is an online treasure-trove of free web-based activities and links for learning about a wide variety of subjects. Each link is reviewed and filed according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System. The helpful post categories, and pages organized by subject and grade, enable you to quickly and easily find just what you’re looking for. New links are added on a daily basis!
In celebration of National Library Week, please tell your friends about all of the free educational resources that are available at The Homeschool Library! It’s a relatively new site (founded by a homeschool mom with a degree in Library & Information Technology), so we’d really appreciate your help in spreading the word!