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How are you celebrating National Library Week?

By Ken Stoflet, Communications Specialist

National Library Week

For the longest time, I could not find my library card. It was one of the first things that I, like a lot of kids, got to officially use my signature on. (Honestly, I don’t think my signature has changed that much since then.) However, now that I was home from college, I could not find it. Was it buried somewhere in my closet? Maybe it was in one of the old shoeboxes under my bed, buried within stacks and stacks of football cards? Whatever the case, it was missing. I had used it so many times as a kid that I had to tape up the numerous cracks just to keep it from falling apart in my wallet. Maybe that alone was a sign that I needed a new one.

Did you know this week is National Library Week? Since 1958, National Library Week has been held each year in April in recognition of the tremendous impact libraries have on so many communities. This year, from April 9–15, 2017, libraries will once again be recognized for their importance and numerous activities will be held at libraries across the country in celebration.

Libraries Transform

This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform”. They transform lives, communities, and provide a learning space for all. They are truly magical places. Not only do libraries provide a wealth of books, but they have audiobooks, music CDs, internet access, movies, and much, much more. One of the treasures at my library in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, is the massive archive of historical photos and documents about the city itself!

Celebrating our local libraries

In recognition of libraries everywhere, we asked a couple of our quiz writers about their local libraries, what they’re reading, and if they’re doing anything to celebrate the occasion.

“I live in a rural area in central Wisconsin, and I regularly visit the libraries in the small towns 10 miles to the southeast and 10 miles to the west. They often have what I need, and when they don’t, I have the interlibrary loan system that gives me access to many, many books! I almost always have at least one book checked out from the local library or through the interlibrary system. I check out nonfiction titles on things I want to learn more about. Right now, I am also reading Alice Hoffman’s The Marriage of Opposites for a book club I sometimes participate in.” – Eileen

“I visit my library about once a month. It’s a lovely, cozy place filled with books. What’s not to like? For fun, I’m currently reading three books—The Rivalry: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and the Golden Age of Basketball; I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution; and Bob Marley: The Stories Behind Every Song. For National Library Week, I’d recommend reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen or Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.” – Barb

Now it’s your turn. What are you doing for National Library Week? (+ free bookmarks!)

How are you celebrating National Library Week with your students? Are you going to make an extra trip to your school’s library this week? Do you remember getting your first library card? Let us know in the comments!

Prevent dog-eared library books! Download our bright, colorful bookmarks showcasing students’ top book picks based on the annual What Kids Are Reading report! Students can personalize each bookmark with their names on the front and keep tabs on what they’ve read and what they want to read next on the back.

Ken Stoflet, Communications Specialist
Ken Stoflet, Communications Specialist
Ken Stoflet is the communications specialist at Renaissance. He has been with the company since 2015 and can be found crafting anything from a press release to a tweet. In his spare time, Ken enjoys spending time with his friends, lifting, and making trips to the Frozen Tundra to cheer on the Green Bay Packers.


  1. Amy Marquez says:

    We are using our new dot and dash robots during library class. Kids are learning to program them.

    • Ken Stoflet, Communications Specialist Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist says:

      Very cool, Amy! What are your students programming them to do?

  2. Darrell Baty says:

    Reading day, recognition district wide, visits by board members and community members to the libraries

  3. Alecia Walkuski says:

    I got my first library card in first grade. My mom and I would go to the library at least once a week. It was a special time for us to spend together when she wasn’t working.

    • Ken Stoflet, Communications Specialist Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist says:

      It’s amazing how we remember those things. In fact, I can remember doing the same exact thing with my mom when I was younger.

  4. carolina says:

    We are going over poetry.

  5. Laura Quiroz says:

    We are having reading events where parents are buying books from our book fair and reading with their children in the library.

  6. Christina says:

    We took a few minutes to visit the non fiction side of our library this week. Showing the kiddos some great non fiction book choices.

  7. Lloyd Goldberg says:

    I am calling the parents of kids with book fines or overdue books so that our librarian doesn’t have to.

  8. Virginia D. Wiedenfeld, M.Ed. says:

    I love the bookmarks!

  9. Rita Platt says:

    I am celebrating by reminding folks that libraries are a MUST in a democracy. I am telling them about Trump’s plans to defund pubic libraries. I am offering them this great piece by Teen Vogue on how to keep libraries viable under President Trump.

  10. Jody Steinhaus says:

    My students and I are making “Thank You” cards for our school librarian. We are including a note about what our favorite book is and why we like the book.

  11. Dvawn Maza says:

    We are not really celebrating; however, we are always encouraging and celebrating growth and reading!

  12. Ami Edwards says:

    I have to think of something to do.

  13. Kim says:

    We pooled funds and bought our librarian a gift.

  14. P R says:

    I am giving my students extra AR time. We are also reading picture books about librarians and libraries.

  15. Diane Bunn says:

    We are in the middle of testing, but after we finish we will create thank you notes for our librarian! 🙂

  16. Carly says:

    We are gearing up for our book fair and inviting parents to read throughout our school. I saw the idea of giving out bookmarks: Loved it enough to steal it!

  17. Melissa Robles says:

    We are celebrating by learning how to use the reading program Epic. Students are excited to be able to read books through Epic!

  18. Tammy says:

    I too remember getting my first library card and how proud I was of it!!! I was sooo excited when they increased the number of books you could check out from 5 to 10. I always participated in our Summer Reading Program.

  19. Renee Graham says:

    Encouraging my students to thank our Librarian.

  20. David Keech says:

    I remember fondly going to our hometown public library. We didn’t have a library card, but they had to write down the books I checked out. I loved summer reading programs. Never have been able to find enough books to read, never will be able to read everything I want to.

  21. Andrea Wendt says:

    We are reviewing all of the different genres and currently enjoying poetry.

  22. J. brown says:

    Sadly, we are smack in the middle of test prep. No celebration for us.

  23. Fatima Peters says:

    I didn’t have anything planned, but now that I’ve read all these inspiring stories and hearing your ideas, I will definitely have to do something!

  24. Denisse Ochoa says:

    We had a Poetry Cafe! I also received many gifts from students and staff. I felt very special:)

  25. Narda Lugo says:

    We are doing super hero theme and they are celebrating with making a super hero theme bookmark.

  26. Amy Marquez says:

    I don’t remember my first visit to a library but I do remember my mom taking me often to the library. I loved going each week to check out books.

  27. Heidi says:

    Taking my daughter to the library.

  28. S.Bellomo says:

    Bookmarks will be given out at Family Reading night.

  29. Kelsie says:

    Great bookmarks!

  30. Darlene Christianson says:

    We were doing state testing during this week. We may try to celebrate another time.

  31. Laura Forehand says:

    Awesome bookmarks!

  32. Katie Williams says:

    I had no idea it was National Library Week but my students will be making thank you cards for our librarian and assistants.

  33. Meredith Sanders says:

    Our staff surprised our wonderful school librarian with a gift card to her favorite restaurant.

  34. Linda Hinojosa says:

    Public library staff will be visiting our school to distribute handouts to our students. This is to encourage students to visit with their parents to sign up for public library cards.

  35. We are having an AR Reading day schoolwide on Friday, April 28. It won’t be during National Library week, but will still be fun for the kids!

  36. Liz Quezada says:

    Our librarian won a 3-D printer and I am hoping we can create a storybook character with it.

  37. Kim Worrell says:

    Because of state testing, we are getting excellent use of our classroom library this month. I am going to use the bookmarks as an incentive to encourage students to read more chapter books.