So this week we have three things to celebrate: National Library Week from April 8-14, then today it is National D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything And Read), and Support Teen Literature Day. Therefore the ALA will be very busy. National Library Week focuses on celebrating libraries and the work they do for the community, getting people to support their local libraries and to not cut funding to those organizations. Since I am an unemployed librarian, I know how important libraries are not only to myself and the community, but also that they continue to be funded by local government organizations. I know Phoenix Public Library’s funding will hopefully be increasing soon due to a generous benefactor, so hopefully their hours will extend to 9pm for the entire week (they are currently open till 5pm three days a week).
Drop Everything And Read Day is to encourage people to read every day, especially kids. It is celebrated on children’s author Beverly Clearly’s birthday, which is today. She is the author of the Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and the Ralph S. Mouse book series, as well as classics like Dear Mr Henshaw. For librarians, parents and other caregivers who would like to celebrate today, this website page has resources you can use. If you would like to use the favorite booklist compiled for this day, check it out here.
Support Teen Literature Day is also April 12 and teen librarians and YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) wants the public to know and “raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens.” For more information check out this press release, where the preceeding quote was taken from. This website, off the YALSA wiki, has a list of 38 Things You Can Do to Support Teen Literature Day, and here is the 2012 booklist for the Best of the Best Teen Books (which includes all the award-winning books as well as the Top Ten lists). I am very lucky that the Phoenix Public Library central branch has a great Teen section and they keep very up-to-date with the latest books, CD’s, and audiobooks. Even though I am no longer a teenager, the majority of my reading materials are YA as I like to keep up with what is out there, plus there’s a lot of good books written for this age group. I am hoping that I may be able to volunteer with this age group in the future at my library.