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Loveland Center Contribute to Local Libraries And Raise Awareness About National Library Week

Loveland Center students donated over 50 books to Venice and Jacaranda Public Libraries on Tuesday, which will be used to educate and support the Venice community in honor of National Library Week.

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.

Reading has been shown to enhance lives of young and old mentally, socially and spiritually. For students at Loveland, the opportunity to broaden those horizons for the community was very exciting.

As members of Loveland Center’s AKtion Club, Michelle and Mark felt empowered to participate in delivering the books and perform a service to the local community.

The AKtion Club works to help adults with developmental disabilities achieve their own personal goals while encouraging all members to aid each other in doing their best to be responsible and dependable in the service goals they choose to take part in. The Club performs many community service projects, while it instills confidence and pride in its members with the goodwill they create through helping others.

Mark was especially excited to deliver the books because he volunteered at both libraries for over 4 years. He introduced us when we were greeted by the librarians and they were happy to see him and grateful for Lovelands’ donation.

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History About National Library Week
In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA (American Library Association) and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee’s goals were ambitious. They ranged from “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time” to “improving incomes and health” and “developing strong and happy family life.” 

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”

National Library Week was observed again in 1959, and the ALA Council voted to continue the annual celebration. When the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974, ALA assumed full sponsorship.