While National Library Lover’s Month takes place during the entire month of February, this day is a particularly special one! Sure, it falls on the same day as Valentine’s Day, and it is certainly a day about love, filled with red hearts and warm feelings. But these feelings of love are not targeted toward the romance between two people but, instead, toward a love of books and the amazing places that house books.
National Library Lover’s Day is here to promote a deep passion for books and to show appreciation for the people who care for them. Take some time to honor libraries, librarians and library lovers on this special day!
History of National Library Lover’s Day
National Library Lover’s Day was started in Australia in 2006 by the folks over at the State Library of New South Wales. The following year, this became a national celebration when the campaign was joined by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).
Since the day got its start, National Library Lover’s Day has grown in popularity not only in Australia, but it has spread to other parts of the world. With events, special activities and annual campaigns, encouraging thousands of libraries to join in, this day has certainly become something special.
How to Celebrate National Library Lover’s Day
Library lovers, book lovers and so many others can join in on the celebration by getting involved with National Library Lover’s Day in some of these ways:
Visit a Library
On National Library Lover’s Day, if it’s been a while since a person has visited the library then this is the time to make a special trip! Stop by the library on the way home from work to pick up some books, pop in on a Saturday morning to spend time reading quietly, or attend an event that takes place in the library. It’s a delightful space to find almost any resources a person is looking for.
While there, be sure to say thank you to the librarians and staff for taking care of this beloved place!
Learn Why People Love Libraries
Sure, as a kid the library might have been a place that didn’t seem kind because it is a place that required people to sit still and be quiet. But for many people, especially adults, the peace and quiet that is afforded by the library offers a respite from the busy chaos of the world outside. Not only that, but it is a place of virtually unlimited resources!
In honor of National Library Lover’s Day, celebrate by considering some of these reasons from the National Library of Australia that people have shared for loving the library:
- The library is the best place to concentrate.
- The library allows a person to sit in silence with a pile of glorious books and read until their heart and head are full of delight.
- The library is loved because of what it represents – the thinking, reflecting, learning.