CARTERET COUNTY, NC (April 20, 2023) – April 23-29, 2023 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. During this week, Carteret County Public Library System encourages all community members to visit in person or online to explore and access services and programs.
The theme for National Library Week 2023 is “There’s More to the Story,” highlights the multifaceted role of libraries within the communities they serve. Libraries facilitate connection by providing access to resources such as technology, the internet, and physical space that people can use to connect with each other. Patrons can connect with resources available from libraries such as books, digital assets, games, and more. Library programming brings communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, crafting classes, and lectures. Lastly, the 2023 theme is a call to action to join, visit, and advocate for their libraries.
“National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in our local branches and in communities nationwide,” said Dorothy Howell, Library Director for Carteret County Public Library System. “Libraries play a critical role in the economic vitality of communities by providing internet and technology access, literacy skills and support job seekers, small businesses and entrepreneurs.”
Libraries of all types continue to go above and beyond to keep their communities connected by expanding resources and embracing inclusion in their programming, resources, and collections. Libraries across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources and wi-fi access for students and workers who may lack internet access at home. The Carteret County Public Library System offers a wide array of programs and is supporting the community with services such as wireless internet in the building, public computers with printing, and friendly staff that are also pleased to offer research help and reading recommendations.
“If you haven’t been to the library lately, I encourage you to stop in and see all that we have to offer. We are so much more than traditional books and audiovisual materials,” Howell added.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April. This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting their library in person or online, following them on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.
For more information about the Carteret County Public Library and the Friends of the Carteret County Public Library, please visit www.carteretcountypubliclibrary.com.