Arkansas will observe National Library Week April 19-25. The observance is a time to celebrate the contributions of the nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support, according to a news release.

“As the impact of the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve and change the work of libraries and library workers, libraries are proving resourceful and resilient, serving as a rich pipeline for content, delivering access to ebooks, movies, music, video games, virtual storytimes and activities, and so much more,” according to the release.

The theme for National Library Week 2020 is “Find Your Place at the Library.”

“From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all,” according to the release.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson recently issued a proclamation for National Library Week in Arkansas.

“This is a fitting time to remind the citizens of Arkansas of the essential services and programs that are provided by libraries of all types - academic, school, public and special,” said Carolyn Ashcraft, state librarian. “Many libraries are closed at this time, some are providing limited services, and some are open. Whatever the situation, the work libraries do and the resources they provide - whether on site or remotely — are critical to the well-being of all.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.