The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) joined libraries throughout Pennsylvania and the country in celebrating National Library Week – April 8 – 14, 2018.
The event placed a spotlight on the changing role of libraries and attempted to dispel the notion that libraries are simply book repositories, or places of quiet study. In fact, today’s libraries are vibrant community centers that provide access to residents of all ages by offering innovative resources and fueling creativity and civic engagement.
Libraries are evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students, and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to meet the needs of their communities. By providing resources such as eBooks and technology courses, English as a Second Language (ESL) materials, kindergarten readiness programs, job development programs or safe spaces, libraries and librarians are leading in their communities.
“Our 73 neighborhood library locations throughout the County provide crucial services to the residents we serve, offering unlimited opportunities for personal growth and lifelong learning,” said Marilyn Jenkins, executive director of ACLA. “Today’s libraries help level the playing field for everyone seeking information and access to new technologies. If you haven’t been to a library in a while, come discover what you’re missing!”
This year’s theme – Libraries Lead – marked the 60th anniversary of the celebration. American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland served as the honorary chair.
Back Row L-R: Councilman Patrick Catena, Council Vice President Nick Futules, Councilwoman Cindy Kirk, Councilman Paul Klein, Councilman Robert Macey, Councilman Robert Palmosina, Council President & CLP Board Member John DeFazio, Councilman John Palmiere, Councilman Charles Martoni