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04/10/2012: "This Is National Library Week"

Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong @ your library.

Today’s libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people.

Libraries provide cultural heritage and genealogical collections, materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources, English as second language and early literacy resources, and many other creative and resourceful programs.

Libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge. The strength of libraries has always been the diversity of their collections and commitment to serving all people. This National Library Week, join our nation’s libraries and librarians by celebrating the place where we all belong.

Join the San Juan Island Library in celebrating National Library Week by stopping in to check out our newest resources and pick up a free bookmark. New to the Library or the Island? Speak with a staff person about getting your own Library card. Have family or friends visiting? We have resources for non-cardholders, too, from computers to browsing our large periodical collection.

“Today's libraries provide a wide range of opportunities for people with diverse needs and interests,” says Margie Harrison, Director. “That means providing our community with tailor made collections and services for people of diverse backgrounds, language abilities and technological skills.”

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 libraries across the state will be participating in "Snapshot: One Day in the Life of Washington Libraries". This state-wide project will illustrate the importance of libraries for Washington's citizens through collection of statistics, stories and photographs.

Library Snapshot Day is an effort to encourage libraries across Washington to participate in conducting special events, taking pictures, and collecting statistics and customer comments showing how Washingtonians are utilizing their libraries that day. Results from Library Snapshot Day will be posted on organization Web sites, where everyone can see these powerful stories.
The San Juan Island Library is celebrating Library Snapshot Day on Thursday, April 12. "Snapshot: One Day in the Life of Washington Libraries" is part of a broader effort organized by the American Library Association.

For more information about National Library Week, visit the San Juan Island Library at 1010 Guard Street, call 378-2798 or see the library’s website at The Library is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 am to 6 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm.

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