It’s National Library Week! There are tons of ways to celebrate, from visiting your library to check out a book or for an event (or for a NWA workshop!) to talking about pay equity and letting library workers know how much you appreciate and respect their hard work.
Celebrating National Library Week is especially important for those of us who live in Chicago. The past few months have been a scary time for libraries in Chicago, when Mayor Emanuel announced severe cuts to the libraries budgets and hours back in January. Though the mayor backed down from some of his original proposals, over 100 library workers have been laid off, Monday hours have been cut in half, and programs and events have shrunk.
This Saturday, April 14, the Chicago People’s Library Movement will be hosting library advocacy teach-ins and events at library locations all over Chicago. Show up to defend your libraries. You can find the full schedule of locations and times here.
We’ve posted many library-love pieces in the past, including Radmila Lunic’s “My First Library: Zrmanjska #6 Belgrade,” Helena Marie Carnes-Jeffries’ “What Kind of World Will They Grow Up In?” and Doris Arrington’s “What Hall Branch Library Means to Me” but after reading them, let them inspire you to take action!