Monday, October 4, 2010

Visit Your Library for Snapshot Day!

During the week of October 4, 2010, Californians are encouraged to visit their local libraries in support of Snapshot Day: A Day in the Life of Your Library.

The American Library Association (ALA) hopes to capture “what happens in libraries across the country in a single day.” By documenting the many types of activities that occur on a daily basis—reading, researching, learning, career building, job hunting, etc.—the ALA will be even better armed with proof of the value and importance of local libraries.

My tween’s English assignment this month is to read a mystery or scary novel. This past weekend, my family visited our local library. One of the librarians assisting in the children’s section is an avid reader of young adult literature. She dropped what she was doing to help us and was able to suggest at least half a dozen books to my daughter. After speaking with my daughter more and honing in on her interests—she likes historical fiction—the librarian was able to suggest several more books that piqued her curiosity. My daughter checked out three books to take to her English teacher for review and approval. We may not have found these books without the librarian’s skilled assistance.

Please help advocate for local libraries, which are often overlooked and undervalued resources. Find out what is happening in your community. Visit your local library and support Snapshot activities this week!

For more information or to find a participating library near you, visit the California Library Association (CLA).

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