April 07, 2019

Libraries Strengthen Their Communities: Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13

ATLANTA (April 7, 2019) – This week, the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise. 

April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.

Library programs encourage community members to meet to discuss civic issues, work together using new technologies like 3D printing or learn alongside one another in English language classes. Library staff also partner with other civic and service organizations to actively engage with the people they serve, always striving to make sure their community’s core needs are being met.

“Libraries are cornerstones of democracy, promoting the free exchange of information and ideas for all,” said Loretta Parham, CEO and Library Director of the AUC Woodruff Library. “They also foster civic engagement by keeping people informed, in dialogue with one another and aware of community events and issues.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Join the online celebration by using the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransform on social media.

For more information, visit the AUC Woodruff Library at 111 James P. Brawley Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30314, call (404) 978-2000 or visit the Library’s website at www.auctr.edu.


About the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library

The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library serves the nation’s largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities, which includes Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College. As the intellectual center of this prestigious academic community, the Library’s mission is to provide the highest level of information resources and services in support of student and faculty success and the cultural preservation of the Atlanta University Center. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of this state-of-the-art facility, the Library has evolved into a model repository of information resources and a front-runner in the innovative delivery of digital resources. The AUC Woodruff Library is the winner of the 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category from the Association of Collegiate and Research Libraries (ACRL). Library CEO Loretta Parham was named the ACRL 2017 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. Additional information about the AUC Woodruff Library is available at www.auctr.edu