Celebrate National Library Week

Apr 14, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. ET

National Library Week takes place every April to celebrate our country's libraries, librarians and to promote library use. Encourage literacy and a love for reading by celebrating National Library Week with your kids.

The library is an amazing resource for families. Celebrate National Library Week by getting your library card and visiting your local public library all week long. Establish library habits and traditions that will last a lifetime.

This year, National Library Week takes place April 14-20.

Get your library card

A free library card gives your child license to explore new books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, movies, games and other resources. At the library, your child can discover the joy of reading, do research for school projects, learn about new cultures and take part in fun events and activities.

Attend story time

Most public libraries offer weekly story time and sing-along programs for babies, toddlers and children, along with their parents. Check your local library website to find the dates and times of story time and other children's programs held at the library each week.

Explore far-off lands

Libraries encourage reading, spark imagination and open up new worlds to children and their parents alike. The library isn't just a place where you can pop in and check out a popular book — it's a destination where you can explore places and things around the world and beyond.

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Get cooking

Choose a cooking theme every month in your home, and head to the library to find cookbooks, culinary magazines and even cooking tutorial videos. Pick a storybook that goes along with your food theme and read it aloud to children at home. From little ones to teens, everyone in the household can help with picking recipes and preparing dishes geared toward your theme all month long.

Trace your family roots

At your local library, you can delve into census, church and vital records to begin tracing your family tree. Whether your kids have been assigned this task as a school project or you just want to do it for fun, discovering your family roots can be an enjoyable experience for kids as well as parents. The librarian can show you how to get started and help you navigate through books and documents, as well as online genealogical databases.

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Start searching for colleges

If your kids are in high school, it's time to start searching for colleges, scholarship opportunities and career direction. Libraries often offer free SAT prep courses. Teens also can explore reference books and online information concerning where to go to college, how to apply and how to pay for it. At some libraries, teens can search for summer jobs, find out how to write a resume and take career assessment tests.

Thank your local librarians

National Library Workers Day is Tuesday, April 16 this year. At the American Library Association website, you can submit a star to recognize your local librarian. You should also ask your kids to deliver a heartfelt note of thanks to the librarian and other library employees at your child's school or public library to show your appreciation for their service.

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