National School Librarian Day is observed internationally on April 4. The day is observed to recognize the professionals who keep school libraries well-stocked and the books in perfect order. School librarians spend long hours keeping the library organized. They are also likely to be the first people to help students find the resources they need to learn. They also encourage students to pursue reading outside of academic texts. School librarians are also responsible for creating an environment where students are motivated to learn. Their work is truly an accomplishment.
History of National School Librarian Day
Every school has a library and no matter how small or big they are, these libraries also have librarians. Popular culture and sometimes our own experiences have made us think that librarians are brusque, short-tempered people but that’s not entirely true! If as a child you loved spending time at the school library, you have your school librarians to thank for it! They not only offered you a designated space to read and spend time in company with books, but they also carefully curated the collection and picked the books that are best suited for students.
Libraries have evolved over years, including school libraries. Today it’s uncommon to find digital media in school libraries. Along with texts and print media, libraries also give us accessibility to good and reliable digital media. School librarians connect your school’s library to other school libraries around the world so that students have unlimited access to the best of literature. Access to digital libraries is also ensured by your school librarians who have painstakingly created networks and partnered with the right digital libraries to curate a collection that is best for their students. This is a commendable achievement!
School librarians are also to be thanked for inculcating the habit of reading in us at a very young age. We pick up books at school and, encouraged by librarians, we keep coming back for more. They give us books that feed our curiosity and turn us into lifelong learners. If you are a reader well into your adulthood, you also have your school librarians to thank for it.
National School Librarian Day timeline
One of the oldest and biggest libraries in history is established.
The Library Company of Philadelphia is a subscription library established by Benjamin Franklin.
Widespread school libraries pop up in New York.
The professional voice for school library workers is established.
National School Librarian Day FAQs
What does a librarian do in the school?
School librarians develop a resource base for the school by using the curriculum and student interests to identify and obtain library materials. They also organize and maintain the library collection in order to promote independent reading and lifelong learning.
What is the qualification of a librarian in school?
To become a librarian you should hold a bachelor’s degree or postgraduate degree in this field with a good knowledge of information science and good skills in customer handling.
Is librarian a good career?
If you are a vivid book lover and love to read books, becoming a librarian is a good career path. However, the candidates must have good management skills.
National School Librarian Day Activities
Thank a school librarian
Start National School Librarian Day by thanking a school librarian. Start at your child’s school library. Show them appreciation for the work that they do.
Do you have a lot of books that are appropriate for children that you do not read anymore? Donate these books to school libraries nearby.
Visit a school library
Observe National School Librarian Day by visiting a school library near you. Check out how libraries have evolved over the years and find out what you can do to make them even better.
5 Interesting Facts About Libraries
There is a library of smells in France
The Osmothèque stores more than 3,200 unique smells.
Librarians have a specific style of writing
The “library hand” is a round and cursive style of writing.
Overdue by 122 years
The book was checked out in 1889 and returned in 2011 — it was overdue by 122 years.
The world’s largest library
The Library of Congress in the United States is the world’s largest.
More libraries than McDonald’s
The U.S. has 121,000 libraries and 14,157 McDonald’s outlets.
Why We Love National School Librarian Day
We love books
If you love books and reading, then you also love National School Librarian Day. Remember all those times at school when you spend long hours reading? You have your school librarians to thank for it.
It appreciates unsung heroes
National School Librarian Day appreciates professionals who often go unnoticed. The day reminds us of the hard work of school librarians and their dedication to building and maintaining a library with the best of books.
It highlights a noble profession
School librarians create readers and lifelong learners. They encourage curiosity and wonder. It is a worthy profession. National School Librarian Day is also a great day to consider a career as a library professional.
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