The Book Shelf: Celebrate National Library Week

Melisa Pressley
Special to Black Mountain News
Melisa Pressley

Celebrate National Library Week April 7- 13.

It’s a great time to remind yourself of all your library has to offer. Whether you check out the library in person or online, you’ll be contributing to your community.

This year’s theme is “Libraries = Strong Communities.”

Melinda Gates is the honorary chair of National Library Week. In the last 20 years, Gates’ Global Libraries initiative has invested more than $1 billion dollars in enhancing libraries and empowering communities.

I like to think of librarians as information navigators who are here to help patrons find the resources they need on their information journey. The new James Patterson? We can request it. Printing tax documents? Yes, we can, for twenty-five cents per page. Did you know that we keep track of the reference questions we answer? So far this year, we’ve answered approximately 4,000 questions.

Here are some other library fun facts to impress your friends at trivia night:

There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the U.S. (That’s 16,568 libraries compared to 14,718 Starbucks.)

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. With more than 167 million items, The LoC has 838 miles of bookshelves! (That’s nearly the distance from Asheville to Dallas, Texas!)

Come celebrate all things library with us this month. There are many ways to celebrate, like:  “borrowing” seeds from our seed library, renewing your Friends of the Library membership, attending story time or a book club, shopping the Friends of the Library’s renovated book store—can we say Canvas Totebags?—and so much more. Or, simply stop in and say hi—we’d love to see your smiling faces.

Happy National Library Week! Join us in celebrating the many ways your library is building a strong community and transforming lives! Support your library by visiting today.

Contact us:, (828) 250-4756 or @blmtlibrary on Facebook.