Monday, April 12, 2010

Celebrate National Library Week!

Happy National Library Week! The American Library Association's annual celebration honors the nation's libraries and librarians. This year's theme is: Communities Thrive @ Your Library. Public and academic libraries are both built on the premise that when people come in to use them, libraries foster the spirit of community. Show your support for your community and library by visiting the NCC Libraries to use the computers, relax with the newest issue of a magazine, or pick up a book to read. Some facts about libraries and books:

  • There are more than 120,000 libraries in the United States. This figure includes public libraries, school (grades K-12) libraries and academic (college/university) libraries. Did you know that there are also many special libraries? Medical libraries, law libraries and corporate libraries are just a few examples. Librarians also work in archives, museums and historical societies, and help with genealogical research.

  • There are more than 148,000 professional librarians in America, who hold a master's degree in library and information science. There are also close to 200,000 paraprofessional library workers across the country, who may have undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines or other job training. Northampton Community College offers a specialized diploma program, available via online learning, for students who would like to work as Library Technical Assistants. Tuesday, April 13 is National Library Worker's Day, so be sure to tell your favorite NCC Library staff members how much you appreciate what they do!

  • Looking for some classic books to read? Check out Time magazine's choices for the Top 100 Novels of All Time.
Want to read some interesting books about librarians and the library profession? The NCC Libraries have some titles for you!

Quiet, Please: Dispatches From a Public Librarian

by Scott Douglas

Z 720 .D68 A3 2008 Stacks

The Library at Night

by Alberto Manguel

Z 721 .M25 2008 Stacks

Dewey: A Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (Soon to be a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep!)
by Vicki Myron
SF 445.5 .M97 2008 Stacks

Library facts courtesy of
American Library Association.
Number of Libraries in the United States. Fact Sheet 1. Jan. 2009. 16 Dec. 2009.

American Library Association. Number Employed in Libraries. Fact Sheet 2. Jan 2009. 16 December 2009.

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