National Library Week 2022

National Library Week 2022

This week the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation is celebrating National Library Week with the Library and hosting a Library on the Go Happy Hour. This year’s National Library Week theme is “Connect With Your Library” with themed events every day such as The State of America’s Libraries Report: Special Edition, National Library Workers Day, National Library Outreach Day, and Take Action for Libraries Day from April 4-9, 2022.

The Foundation is highlighting the work of the Library and the Library on the Go Van with an announcement for a $60,000 fund to help sustain the van’s operations and outreach!

Celebrate our Library this National Library Week! We believe it is important to celebrate the wonderful resources and community hosted by libraries locally and nationally. Research shows that library usage is linked to students academic success and serve as “an essential refuge where everyone can check out materials or browse the internet without their information being shared.” The community’s connection to libraries demonstrates the need to continue to advocate for expansive resources, programs, and the jobs of our librarians now and for future use.

In fact, the Santa Barbara City Council approved a proposal that would “forgive outstanding fines and fees on library accounts in order to facilitate the transition to a new catalog and welcome patrons back to the Library.” Patrons who have a record of their account being blocked for checking out materials will have a “clean slate” after April 15, 2022. This proposal essentially aims at reducing barriers to access and maintaining a standard of equity for community members, reflecting how important it is to continue to celebrate and advocate what libraries provide for the community as a public good.

Posted by SBPLF Intern Natalia Hernandez-

Natalia is from La Mirada, CA and is a fourth-year Political Science major at the University of California, Santa Barbara pursuing a professional writing minor in Civic Engagement. She will be pursuing a masters degree in Social Work this fall at USC.