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It’s National Library Week!


It’s National Library Week! This year’s theme for the annual celebration, sponsored by the American Library Association, is “Welcome to Your Library.” According to ALA, this theme:

promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.

Natalie Portman is National Library Week 2021’s honorary chair.

Over the last year, HPL has offered a variety of virtual programming, take-home craft activities, Beanstack challenges, access to electronic resources, and more. We’ve provided access to our physical collections through in-person visits and curbside pickups. We’ve also provided access to computers and study tables in the building.

What does HPL mean to you? Share your thoughts in a post on Twitter or Instagram, or in the I Love Libraries page on Facebook, and include the hashtag #MyLibraryIs. ALA will enter all posts with this tag into a drawing, with a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Saturday, April 10 at 1:00 ET is the deadline. Tag #HPLLibrary in your post if you’d like us to see it!

The library continues to offer virtual programming for all ages (and coming soon: outdoor programming!). Visit our online calendar for the most up-to-date list of programs. Additionally, check out our Digital Resources page to see a list of resources we offer “beyond the four walls.”