World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright.
In the United Kingdom, the day is recognized on the first Thursday in March. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.
Bookmobile Day is an opportunity to celebrate one of the many services offered through public libraries. Originating in the nineteenth century, the earliest bookmobiles were horse-drawn wagons filled with boxes of books.
In the 1920s, Sarah Byrd Askew, a New Jersey librarian, thought reading and literacy so important that she delivered books to rural readers in her own Ford Model T. And today, Kenya still uses camels to deliver materials to fans of reading in rural areas.
Fairfax County Bookmobile Timeline:
1890s – Bookmobile serves northwestern part of Fairfax County.
1938 – Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce proposes a consolidation of library services to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in order to include both urban and rural areas of the County. Branches are to be established in heavily populated areas and bookmobile service to all other residents. The Chamber appoints a library committee.
1940 – First County-wide bookmobile in a truck loaned by the W.P.A.
1942 – W.P.A. support for the bookmobile ends December 31.
1943 – County purchases a vehicle for bookmobile.
1947 – County purchases a new bookmobile, a customized school bus.
This last weekend we were in Bryant Park in NYC for the Tartan Day Parade. We got there a little early (intentionally) to hear a pipe and drum concert. When it was over, we wandered a bit around Bryant Park and came across this Reading Room.
We knew that Bryant Park was actually built over the New York City Public Library stacks so this was especially cool.
Bryant Park is located entirely over an underground structure that houses the library’s stacks, which were built in the 1980s when the park was closed to the public and excavated; the new library facilities were built below ground level while the park was restored above it.
In addition to the LFL part, they had books to be read there only, a newspaper section, a magazine section, a section of Oxford Classics, a children’s section… just like a “real library”.
What a great way to spend some time waiting for the parade to start!
Four million books are stored underneath Bryant Park. Twenty-seven feet below the grassy patch in mid-town Manhattan are miles and miles of bookshelves at the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) Milstein Research Stacks. Here’s how they get books from those stacks under Bryant Park to the main library.
The New York Public Library announced they have completed its conveyor system for requested media. The $2.6 million system uses 24 carts to truck books through the library’s 11 levels to the Rose Reading Room. Here’s how it works, and what it’s like to ride inside one.
I spent many years helping the school librarian in my son’s elementary school.
They do fantastic things!
School librarians spend long hours keeping the library organized, helping our children find the resources they need to keep learning and are dedicated to creating an environment they can learn in every day of the year. All of this hard work often goes unappreciated.
The school librarians aid our youth in many ways, and their patience sets an example for our children on a daily basis.
Read the entire article here: NATIONAL SCHOOL LIBRARIAN DAY – April 4 | National Day Calendar