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San Francisco was hit by one of the most significant earthquakes of all time.  A foreshock surged through San Francisco that morning at 5:12 am.  The full force of the quake occurred about a minute later.  The quake was felt from southern Oregon to south of Los Angeles, and as far inland as Nevada.

Howard and 17th in San Francisco, April 1906

Here are some early examples of library weeks before an official National Library Week. It is really cool to see the large part that the community played in making the week a success.

Indiana celebrated it first Indiana Library Week during the week of April 23-29, 1922. It was the overwhelming success of this week that spurred the Publicity Committee of the ALA to consider a National Library Week in 1923.

In 1916, the Public Library Committee of Toledo (OH) Commerce Club sponsored a Library Week. One of the slogans from that campaign was “Learn More, Earn More. Use Your Public Library- Begin Now - Do it Often - Tell Your Friends”

That same year, the Waco (TX) Advertising Club sponsored the library week. A prize of $5 was offered for the best slogan to be used on “printed matter.” The slogan that won was “Get the Library Habit.”

If it wasn’t for libraries, I would not have had a place to dream as a young teen, or place to listen to music or to explore volumes of art from the Renaissance to the Surrealists, 
or walk across the aisles and read titles of poetry books sideways, 
or simply sit on a beautiful wooden desk and stack books and write or draw or sit back and be part of the world of literature, knowledge and a community of friends 
and librarians that gave me advice and somehow allowed me to check out incredible mountains of book and barely carry them to my parent’s apartment a few blocks away.
Libraries were always a place of solace and buzzing creativity and curiosity for me. To this day.  
                                         — Juan Felipe Herrera
Big Bicycle Meet in October, 1900.
 ”Picture taken in front of the grand-stand in the Old Agricultural Park, entrance which was on 20th & G street, the grand-stand extended from F to G street.” (Sacramento, CA)

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In 1922, the Publicity Committee of ALA put forth a proposal of a National Library Week based on the success of book and library weeks that had taken place around the country. The committee proposed that the first National Library Week take place in April 1923.

The closing paragraph of the committee’s proposal reads: “It may be suggested that there are too many ‘weeks.’ The best answer is that other interests find that it pays. We should lose no opportunity to spread the gospel of library service in the fight against ignorance, indifference, illiteracy, and inefficiency.” (From the Bulletin of the American Library Association, Volume 16, 1922)



What is National Library Workers Day?

NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

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It’s National Library Week! Did you know the first National Library Week was May 16 - 22, 1958? The theme was Wake Up and Read! But there were earlier National Library Weeks. Come back tomorrow to find out more about the earlier National Library Weeks.