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Lives Change @ Your Library: Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19

 

National Library Week PSA

This week, the Sayreville Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The Sayreville Library serves the community of Sayreville by providing not only a collection of books, but also ebooks, career events, computer classes, children's programs, and more!

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The Sayreville Library is celebrating National Library Week by featuring an array of events that help showcase the diversity of our children, teen, and adult programming. Be sure to visit our Event Calendar and find out more about our genealogy workshops, a special author guest speaker, organization workshops, family movie matinee, and much, much more! There is event a contest!

The theme for National Library Week 2014 is Lives change @ your library. Do you have a story about how the library has impacted your life? Simply fill out a contest form in the Library by writing how the library has impacted your life and put it in the submission box. You may also post to our Facebook page or our Twitter feed!

The prize is pictured---a tote set with items to help you decompress and relax! Includes: novels, chocolate, lotion, aromatherapy items, and totes! Rules: Written submissions should include a first name & phone or email on the back of the submission! One entry per person. Open to all ages. Winner will be chosen on 4/21!

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.

During National Library Week, April 13th-19th, the New Jersey Library Association is asking library supporters around the state to contact their New Jersey Legislators and advocate for increased library support. Currently, the state provides just 42 cents per person for library service, seven cents less than the cost of a postage stamp. There is currently a bill with 17 sponsors, A967/S234, that would increase per capita state aid for New Jersey's library by $3 million. We hope by you and other library supporters reaching out to New Jersey legislators, this bill will be passed and libraries will receive critical fiscal support.

New Jersey libraries are also in desparate need of a Capital Construction Program. The last program for capital construction in public libraries was passed approximately 15 years ago with a $45 million bond act (P.L.1999, c.184). With this funding sixty-eight library projects were completed. Now libraries require capital investment to keep up with technological requirements, improve ADA accessibility and provide more flexible spaces for training labs and makerspaces. Now is the time to invest in the infrastructure of New Jersey's libraries to allow them to meet the evolving needs of the community. Take action now and make a difference! Tell your local representatives that libraries need funding by taking two minutes to fill out a brief message! Thank you for your time and your support of New Jersey's libraries.