OKEECHOBEE – April 23-29 is National Library Week. At the April 27 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Kresta King, librarian for the Okeechobee County Library asked the board to designate National Library Week in Okeechobee County,
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Month is a national observance in April that is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.
Commissioner Brad Goodbread, who is on the Heartland Library Board, said the library has done a lot for the community.
“Today’s libraries are not just about books, but what they do for and with people; and libraries of all types are at the heart of cities, towns, schools and campuses,” the proclamation states.
“Libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions where people of all backgrounds can be together and connect, building strong communities through transformative services, programs and expertise.
“Libraries, which promote the free exchange of information and ideas for all, are cornerstones of democracy, and promote civic engagement by keeping people informed and aware of community events and issues,” the proclamation continues.
“Librarians and library workers partner with other civic organizations to make sure their community’s needs are being met, and they empower their communities to make informed decisions by providing free access to information.
“Libraries, librarians, library workers and supporters across America are celebrating National Library Week.”