During the week of April 9–15, the New Mexico State Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable expertise they offer.
April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or even record their own music.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the 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 address the needs of their communities. By providing such resources as e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.
The New Mexico State Library is transforming its work to support public and tribal libraries throughout the state, the Maker State initiative, Early Literacy initiative, new bookmobiles and involvement in statewide broadband opportunities.
“The library embraces the entire community, offering unlimited opportunities for personal growth and lifelong learning,” State Librarian Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer said. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”
Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.
“I hope that every resident of New Mexico will visit their library or bookmobile during the month of April, Moeller-Peiffer,” said. “If they have not been to their library recently I believe they will be delighted by the programs, services and collections offered.”
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.