April 2, 2003
Director, Communications & Public Information
April Proclaimed National Library Month
Local Libraries Celebrate Library Awareness Month
BOSTON - The month of April has been proclaimed "National Library Month in Massachusetts" by Governor Mitt Romney. "Libraries provide invaluable services to children and adults," he said. "It is appropriate for all Massachusetts citizens to recognize the tremendous impact libraries have on the quality of life in the Commonwealth."
"It is fitting that here in Massachusetts, the home of the nation's first libraries, we celebrate the role and services that our libraries provide into a month-long event," said Robert Maier, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. "During the month of April libraries across the Commonwealth will celebrate the central role local libraries play in their communities by helping citizens learn at every stage of their lives."
This year's theme, "Your local library has something for everyone. It's where families, technology and community converge," highlights the vast amount of resources available at local libraries or online with a library card.
"The Board salutes the librarians who work in local libraries," said Commissioner Joseph Hopkins, Board Chairman. "Through their commitment our libraries are able to successfully implement advances in technology and provide the best possible service to residents."
Efforts for Library Month include an informational hand card about statewide library services distributed at local public libraries and a link to the Board's Web site that will highlight a new section where Massachusetts Library Users Share Their Stories.
In addition, libraries across the state will be hosting special events for children and adults throughout the month. Among them are author readings in Belmont, Framingham, Leominster and Westford. A writing workshop in Newton, sponsored by Women's Day and the American Library Association. Providing library cards to all students in Saugus; bringing the entire sophomore high school class to the library in Belmont; celebrity story hours and special projects for children throughout the state, as well as open houses and musical concerts. For events in your local area, call your local library or check your local newspaper.
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.