Hip Hip Hooray, for National Library Workers Day!

April 15th, 2022 – Kayla Thompson, Adult Services

Ever gone online and put a book on hold only for it to magically appear on a shelf with your name on it? Or signed up to have books picked out and shipped to your door for free? Visited your local library’s website to find staff picks, program registrations, the virtual catalog, or digital resources? Chances are, there was a library worker or librarian behind that service (okay, let’s be real, there most definitely was). 

The library is a wonderful, magical place so it is completely understandable if you haven’t stopped to think about the wonderful, magical people behind all of your library’s amazing services. From book clubs to storytimes, the people here at your local library make it their mission to provide educational, enjoyable, and inclusive services day in and day out. Being a part of and helping this community is what makes our jobs worthwhile! 

April 12th is National Library Workers Day and April 16th is National Librarian Day. So what better time to be thinking about all the amazing things at your library and the people behind them. The first National Library Workers Day was celebrated in 2004 when the American Library Association instituted the day to bring attention and awareness to the need for better benefits and salaries for library workers. Libraries have been around for centuries–the first dating back to about 2600 BC in the temples of Sumer where archives of clay tablets were kept. The first public library was opened in the US around 1883. Before, libraries were not public places but privately owned and operated. Since then, libraries have come such a long way, but they remain an important part of both the community and society as a whole. 

So if you get the chance, let them know that you appreciate them and all of their hard work. It isn’t expected, but it is so nice to hear! Regardless, here at the Cape Girardeau Public Library, we will continue to do our utmost best to see that your needs are met, your books find their way into your hands, and that you have a safe and welcome community space to come back to, day after day. 

Below are books for and about libraries that you might take a look into to catch a glimpse at our day to day library lives (or just have a fun library adventure):

Nonfiction:
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles
The Library: An Illustrated History by Stuart Murray
Along Came Google: A History of Library Digitization by Deanna B. Marcum
The Meaning of the Library: A Cultural History by Alice Crawford
I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan
Librarian Tales: Funny, Strange, and Inspiring Dispatches from the Stacks by William Ottens
Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence
This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson
Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library by Don Borchet
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

Fiction:
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
The Bodies in the Library by Marty Wingate
The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson
Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
The Library of the Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick
The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
In the Stacks: Short Stories About Libraries and Librarians by Michael Cart
Deal With the Devil by Kit Rocha

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