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By Steve Steiner
Executive Editor 

National Library Week Events Lost Due to Pandemic

 

Last updated 4/23/2020 at 7:09am

Many newsworthy items and events are getting overlooked because of the COVID-19 pandemic, overshadowed by partisan rancor and bickering, not just between legislators, but also by people via social media, as well as by those publicly protesting government mandated restrictions.

Among the casualties are events such as the annual National Library Week 2020, which began April 19 and concludes April 25.

It is with no trace of irony, as this year's theme as stated by the website mentions, "Find your place at the library," was chosen some time ago, before any of us could imagine the emergence of a global pandemic that would force most libraries to temporarily close their physical spaces. But you can still find your place at the library because libraries are open for business online, providing the virtual services and digital content their communities need more than ever. You can access ebooks, movies, music, video games, virtual storytimes and activities, and so much more - all from the comfort of your home. And due to the pandemic the theme was changed to "Find the Library at Your Place."

"This year during National Library Week, let's celebrate by showing our appreciation for the many innovative ways libraries, librarians and library workers are continuing to serve their communities during a time of crisis."

Celebrations planned had included A State of America's libraries report. It would have included:

1) Listing the top ten frequently challenged books of 2019.

2) Tuesday, April 21: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

3) Wednesday, April 22: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.

4) Thursday, April 23: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries.

For more information, visit:www cityofbartow.net/library

(Editor's note: Efforts to reach anyone associated with the library were not successful at presstime.)

Author Bio

Steve Steiner, Executive Editor

Steve came out of a two-year retirement to helm BartowNews.net. Following a career in journalism/advertising/public relations --- at one point being a partner in an advertising/PR agency --- he shifted professions and focused on food service and hospitality before returning to journalism. As a journalist, rose from reporter to sections editor to managing/executive editor with newspapers in North Carolina, Mississippi and Florida. He is enjoying restoring a quality news site for his adopted hometown. Send him your story ideas.

 

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