National Library Week Proclamation
This morning the Kent County Commissioners issued a National Library Week 2008 Proclamation. Kent County Public Library staff would like to thank the County Commissioners, as well as the library stakeholders who were in attendance.
Pictured, left to right are Roy Fithian, County Commissioner; Christina showalter, Vice President of the Friends of the Library; Sandra Gent, Treasurer of the Friends of the Library; Nancy Bennington, Secretary of the Friends of the Library; Betty Spence, Library Trustee; Karen Collier, Public Services Librarian; Christina Roseberry, Acquisitions Librarian; Betty Carroll, Vice President of the Foundation for the Kent County Public Library; Maryvonne Fouss, President of the Women's Literary Club; Rebecca Taylor, President of the Board of Library Trustees; Helen Guastavino, President of the Chestertown Library, Inc.; Andrea Neiman, Technical Services Librarian; William Pickrum, County Commissioner; Vera Shade, Children's Librarian; and Roy Crow, County Commissioner.
The text of the proclamation reads:
WHEREAS, our nation's school, academic, public and special libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans, today, more than ever;
WHEREAS, librarians are trained professionals, helping people of all ages and backgrounds find and interpret the information they need to live, learn and work in the 21st century;
WHEREAS, libraries are part of the American Dream - places for opportunity, education, self-help and lifelong learning;
WHEREAS, library use is up nationwide among all types of library users, continuing a decade-long trend;
WHEREAS, libraries play a vital role in supporting the quality of life in their communities;
WHEREAS, libraries can help you discover a world of knowledge, both in person and online, as well as personal service and assistance in finding what you need, when you need it;
WHEREAS, libraries are a key player in the national discourse on intellectual freedom, equity of access, and narrowing the "digital divide;"
WHEREAS, libraries, librarians, library workers and supporters across America are celebrating National Library Week with The Campaign for America's Libraries.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Kent County Commissioners proclaim National Library Week, April 13-19, 2008. I encourage all residents to visit the library this week to take advantage of the wonderful library resources available and thank their librarians and library workers for making information accessible to all who walk through the library's doors. Many thanks are extended to the Friends of the Library, Chestertown Literary Society, Library Trustees, and the Foundation for the Kent County Public Library. Join the circle of knowledge @ your library.