National Library Week (April 3 - 9, 2022) is a time to celebrate our libraries, and we are very lucky to have so many great libraries to appreciate in Oz!
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
There are some people who believe that libraries are no longer useful, now that most people have computers; why, who needs physical books when they can be read digitally on devices such as tablets and even our phones? Thankfully, that idea couldn't be further from the truth. Despite all of our technology, libraries have become the heart of communities; one of the last places where citizens of all ages can spend time and get resources without the need to purchase anything. In fact, assisting people with technology is just one of the many resources our libraries provide.
In Ozaukee County, our libraries offer so much more than books. Events such as storytimes for young families to book clubs for adults, as well as movie screenings, speakers, concerts, workshops, and clubs for all ages are just some of the offerings. You can check out movies, use computers, get free Wi-Fi; in fact, at the Port Washington library you can even get seeds for your garden, and at the Cedarburg Library you can use a 3D Printer and neither will cost you anything! Free tax help, art galleries for our local students, and a massive amount of online resources, from learning a new language to auto repair, as well as being a community gathering space; honestly, we need our libraries more than ever.
Not familiar with your local library? This is the week to correct that. Click on the links below and see what the Libraries of Oz have to offer! Are you living in a place in Oz that doesn't have a local library? Luckily, Ozaukee is part of the Monarch Library System, which means we have the Monarch Bookmobile, a library that comes to you! View the Monarch Bookmobile schedule here.
W. J. Niederkorn Library in Port Washington
Grafton Public Library
Frank L. Weyenberg Library in Mequon
Oscar Grady Library in Saukville
Cedarburg Public Library
CPL will be celebrating Library Appreciation Week with a photo op in the Maker Lab! Take a "shelfie" with your favorite book while posing in the hanging picture frame and share it with us at #CedarburgPublicLibrary or #NationalLibraryWeek. Be sure to fill out a notecard while you're here and tell us how you connect with the Cedarburg Public Library. Also, don't forget that replacement library cards at the Check-Out Desk will also be FREE the whole month of April (normally cost $3 for a replacement card). Come join in the fun!