National Library Lovers Month is celebrated for the entire month of February! That’s right, love is in the air not just because of Valentine’s Day, but also for library lovers all around the world. The month is dedicated to the people who love the buildings, halls, or rooms that house numerous collections of books, books, and books!
There is something satisfying about thousands of books being organized and categorized a certain way for readers to enjoy.
History of National Library Lovers Month
Do you know where the word ‘library’ came from? No prizes for guessing. It originates from Latin. The Latin word is ‘liber’ for ‘book’ or ‘document,’ which can be found in ‘libraria’ for ‘collection of books’ and ‘librarium’ for ‘container for books.’ It all started with the need to organize collections of documents. The earliest form of archiving began amidst the earliest forms of writing, which consisted of clay tablets, dating back to 2600 B.C. in Sumer.
In post 500 B.C., private libraries with written books were found in Greece. Moving forward a few more centuries, in 600 A.D., the great Alexandria and Constantinople libraries came into the picture. These, amongst other libraries that were established soon after, attracted scholars from around the globe. An Arab dynasty named the Fatimids also owned many libraries by 1100 A.D. Their palace library probably held the biggest collection of literature at the time and was touted by historians as a wonder of the world. Unfortunately, throughout history, libraries were destroyed by conquerors so they could remove every record of the previous community.
Thankfully, it’s been a while since libraries were sadly destroyed like this. People of all ages loved libraries. Libraries are not just places to read books, but also to study them. They make for a great meeting space for forums and fundraisers too. Some of the best books are launched in libraries, with author interviews and audience interactions. It is no wonder communities thrive here.
National Library Lovers Month timeline
The earliest form of archiving begins with clay tablets in Sumer.
Personal libraries with written books are found in Greece.
The great libraries of the great Alexandria and Constantinople are discovered and attract scholars from around the globe.
The Fatimids’ palace library holds the biggest collection of literature.
One of the largest libraries in the world, ‘the library of the Nizaris’, is torched in Alamut by Juwayni, who says: “The flame had spread throughout the world.”
National Library Lovers Month FAQs
What are the roles of libraries?
These halls play a fundamental role in society; they are the gateways to knowledge and culture.
What are the types of libraries?
The major ones are public libraries, academic libraries, school libraries, special libraries, human libraries, and community libraries.
Why do we need libraries anymore?
Libraries ensure that knowledge is available to everyone. They help raise the education levels of society as a whole.
National Library Lovers Month Activities
Read a book
If you can’t find a Valentine date, find a literary companion instead — a book! No better company, really.
Read another book
Now’s the time to catch up with classics you may have missed out on. These include “The Great Gatsby,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the list goes on...
Write a book
The more you read, the better you get at being a writer. So if you’ve read a good amount of books, maybe it’s time to write your own.
5 Important Facts About Libraries
The most overdue library book in the world was the one that was returned after 122 years.
Father of libraries
A philanthropist named Andrew Carnegie donated 60 million dollars in the early 20th century to open more than 1,689 public libraries worldwide.
The Library of Congress in the U.S. is the largest in the world, with over 168 million items.
The most stolen book
The most stolen book in the world is the “Guinness Book of World Records.”
There are now 150 libraries around the world where, instead of books, you can listen to humans and their stories.
Why We Love National Library Lovers Month
Students respect libraries
From preschoolers who are exposed to many firsts at libraries to students who can study in peace, practice exam papers, and complete their research papers — it is like a temple for students. Many students have practically lived their lives there.
Adults admire libraries
From fiction to history, there are enough books for adults to read and enjoy. Many libraries also showcase and store music, film, theater, and art. It is also a great place to meet new individuals.
Oldies appreciate libraries
For old-school adults and actual oldies, books are the best place to find their next adventure. Major libraries preserve some of the most treasured books and important documents for future generations.
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