Thursday, March 5, 2009

Library Themes - March

Advocating for libraries is on-going, not a one-shot effort. One way to stay visible is to regularly contribute to print or online publications. Some contributions can be about issues of the day and how libraries or specific library programs are the solution. Or, provide fun items such as library themes. In March, two examples come to mind: "Read Across America" day on or near Dr. Seuss's birthday and James Madison's birthday, March 16 -- Freedom of Information Day.

Read Across America Day is geared to younger ages, but is fun for all. Each year, more and more people own those tall red and white striped "Cat in the Hat" hats. This is a good time for photo opportunities on kids, books, and Cat in the Hat readers.

The American Library Association celebrates Freedom of Information Day. Free and open access to information created at taxpayer expense is a basic principle of American democracy. This is a day to celebrate, be vigilant, and exercise your right to know. This is also a good day to learn about today's battles in America to keep public information free, versus privatizing information in our increasingly online world. This is also a good day to learn about other countries where national libraries have been burned or otherwise destroyed in order to destroy a people's history.

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