The Ohio County Public Library is proud to join in the celebration of National Library Week with other libraries across the country. The theme of this year's National Library Week is There's More to The Story. The Ohio County Public Library and other libraries across the country are full of books that expand knowledge and imagination. However, these libraries are also home to innovative programs, classes, lending programs, archives, technology, book clubs, story times, lectures, concerts, opportunities for job seekers, and much more. Step inside your Ohio County Public Library this National Library Week and find that there's more to the story.
Stop by the Ohio County Public Library this National Library Week to join in fun activities, win great prizes, and more!
Download an OCPL Bingo Card HERE! Complete the card and return to the Ohio County Public Library Circulation Desk by Friday, April 28th at noon for a chance to win a new tablet or wireless earbuds! Forms can also be submitted online here.
Randomly selected patrons will have the opportunity to spin our prize wheel during certain hours! Great prizes are available! Share your love for your library and books with travel mugs, totes, bags, mugs, socks, buttons, and more great prizes!
American Library Association - Celebration Days During National Library Week
Monday, April 24: Right to Read Day, the State of America's Libraries Report is released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2022.
Tuesday, April 25: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
Wednesday, April 26: National Library Outreach Day (formerly National Bookmobile Day), a day to celebrate library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.
Thursday, April 27: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries.
National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.
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 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!" The 2023 celebration marks the 65th anniversary of the first event.