National Library Week 2021: Welcome to Your Library
The theme for National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.
“This National Library Week, we recognize how much libraries have done – and continue to do – for all Californians. There are 1,128 public libraries in California, each one as unique and diverse as the community it serves. They aren’t just buildings; they are closers of the opportunity gap. Libraries are the hearts of our communities and help Californians of all ages and backgrounds realize their fullest potential.
Investing in libraries yields high returns – individually, socially and economically. Our libraries open physical and digital doors to all, providing books, research databases, Wi-Fi hotspots, job training, online paths to high school diplomas, early learning for infants and toddlers, Virtual Reality stations, naturalization services, Makerspaces and even biotech labs. Those are just a few of the many services and programs offered every day, in multiple languages, free of charge to anyone with a library card.”
- Gavin Newsom, Governor of California