Each year the American Library Association celebrates libraries and all they add to communities, campuses, and organizations across the country. This year Neil Gaiman, acclaimed author of Coraline, American Gods, and the Sandman graphic novel series is the national spokesperson. Check out some of his works in our catalog, register to watch him speak about libraries on April 12, or listen to him read from his latest novel, The Graveyard Book.
Some interesting facts about libraries you may not know:
- Every day 300,000 Americans get job-seeking help at their library
- More libraries provide free WiFi than Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, or Borders
- Library cards are about as prevalent as credit cards – 2/3 of Americans have a library card
- Every year, Americans visit the library more often than we go to the movies, and six times as often as we attend live sporting events – libraries host over 1.4 billion public visits a year!*
Support your local library as well as your campus library this week – check out a good book, ask a librarian a question, write your public representatives and let them know how important you think libraries are to communities and a culture of learning.
*Data from the OCLC report, How Libraries Stack Up: 2010