Celebrate National Library Week 2022
Mason County District Library is pleased to celebrate National Library Week, April 3-9, 2022 by continuing to welcome everyone in the community to access the information and services guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Mason County District Library offers books, video and audio in a variety of formats and ability levels. In addition, the library offers thought-provoking and literacy building programs for people of all ages. Access to information for all is crucial to a functioning democracy. Libraries are a vital community resource. Mason County District Library is delighted to celebrate and reaffirm the commitment to provide free access to information for all people.
Recent polling shows that seven in 10 voters oppose efforts to remove books from public libraries, including majorities of voters across party lines. Three-quarters of parents of public-school children (74%) express a high degree of confidence in school librarians to make good decisions about which books to make available to children, and when asked about specific types of books that have been a focus of local debates, large majorities say for each that they should be available in school libraries on an age-appropriate basis.
The new poll is the first to approach the issue of book bans through the lenses of public and school libraries. It also found near-universal high regard for librarians and recognition of the critical role that public and school libraries play in their communities.
In response to the uptick in book challenges and other efforts to suppress access to information, ALA will launch Unite Against Book Bans, a national initiative focused on empowering readers everywhere to stand together in the fight against censorship. More information at https://uniteagainstbookbans.org/.
About the American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government, and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all.