April 9 – 16, the Cedar Rapids Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable expertise they offer.
April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn new skills, and improve their lives. Each week, thousands of people visit the Cedar Rapids Public Library to take part in special events, attend educational programming, use a meeting room, work on a computer, or borrow items from the vast collection of materials.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to address the needs of their communities. By providing such resources as e-books and technology classes, programs for job seekers or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.
At the Cedar Rapids Public Library, we are transforming by creating opportunities for personal growth, community engagement, and access to information.
Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by sharing the story of the impact the Library has had in this community through displays at both the Downtown and Ladd Library. Additionally, the public is invited to pick up a “Libraries Transform” yard sign at one of five locations across the community and display it in honor of libraries. Yard signs can be picked up at the following locations during regular business hours:
- Downtown Library, 450 5th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, 52401
- Ladd Library, 3750 Williams Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, 52404
- New Pioneer Food Coop, 3338 Center Point Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, 52402
- Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th St NW, Cedar Rapids, 52405
- Matthew 25, 201 3rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, 52404
- Stoney Point YMCA, 300 Stoney Point Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, 52404
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
For more information, call the Cedar Rapids Public Library at (319) 261-READ.