Date: April 1, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, email@example.com
The NMSU Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 10 through 16. The week’s theme for 2011 is “Create your own story @ your library.” National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians. All types of libraries–school, public, academic and special–participate.
Also celebrated during the week are the release of the State of America’s Libraries Report (April 11), National Library Workers’ Day (April 12), National Bookmobile Day (April 13) and Support Teen Literature Day (April 14). The entire month of April is School Library Month.
The NMSU Library is asking you to choose National Library Week as the occasion to make your next gift to the Library. Libraries play important and diverse roles in the lives of students, faculty and the broader community. Today, the NMSU Library is more relevant than ever to the needs of our users. Your contributions truly help the Library provide world-class resources for students and the community.
Research conducted by the American Library Association (ALA) shows that in the mid-1950s, Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. In 1957, the National Book Committee, a joint committee of the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers Council, recommended the establishment of a National Library Week, based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries.
The first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read,” and it has continued every year since. In 1974, the American Library Association became the sole sponsor of the event. The 50th anniversary of National Library Week was celebrated in 2008. National Library Week is observed each year, generally the second full week in April.
Library Development Officer Kristina Martinez invites you to visit the NMSU Library at any time. Let her know in advance that you are coming and she will gladly provide a personal tour. Martinez can be contacted at (575) 646-3642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.