Celebrating 60 Years of National Library Week

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first National Library Week celebration held in 1958. That means the ReferenceUSA team has plenty on their minds. We encourage you to go out and celebrate your libraries, their library workers, and promoting their community services. We’re also thankful for the thousands of libraries that use ReferenceUSA.

Your libraries provide access to free books, online resources, and other materials to assist with employment opportunities. This year’s theme is “Libraries Lead,” and we hope you promote that motto by encouraging people to use your library’s resources as often as possible.

For 2018, Misty Copeland was named National Library Week Honor Chair. Copeland was promoted to be a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African American woman to be named to the position in the company’s 75-year history, according to the American Library Association.

Copeland, the author of New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion, and her 2014 picture book, Firebird, won the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award in 2015. Her latest book, Ballerina Body, was published in March 2017, according to the ALA.

For more information about National Library Week, visit www.ala.org.

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