Celebrate National Library Week with the Friends of the Library

National Library Week is April 7 through April 13 and the Charleston Friends of the Library are planning a month-long celebration of events that highlight the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities.

“Libraries are more than book repositories,” said Brittany Mathis, Executive Director of the Charleston Friends of the Library. “They transform lives and communities every day by providing patrons safe spaces to engage in civic discussions; tools to access and evaluate online news sources; services to meet the needs of a digitally evolving society; and collaborative programs and resources for teachers to foster student success.”

Below is a list of events hosted by the Charleston Friends of the Library in honor of National Library Week:

     —Tuesday, April 9: The Charleston Friends of the Library will host its 4th annual “Books for Bier” event. Like its name implies, bring a gently used book to Bay Street Biergarten between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and receive one free beer! Plus, any child who brings a children’s book to donate will receive a free root beer! (Limit one beverage per person). Admission is free and the Charleston Friends of the Library will be on site selling books and will have amazing silent auction items for attendees to bid on.

     —Friday, April 12: The Library Foundation of the Lowcountry is partnering with the Charleston Friends of the Library to present a film screening of The Public followed by a panel discussion on homelessness and the role of the public library. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Terrace Theater. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for members of the Charleston Friends of the Library. To purchase tickets, visit CharlestonLibraryFriends.org.

     —Friday, April 26: Join the Friends for a One Day Pop Up Book Sale on Friday, April 26 at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Library (9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

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. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.


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