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National Library Week

April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities.

Welcome to your library, National Library Week April 4 - 10, 2021

National Library Week: Welcome to Your Library!

"The theme for National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs." - American Library Association

Join the Events

Weeklong (Monday - Friday):

Weeklong

Library on the Fly – National Library Week Virtual Edition

In celebration of National Library Week, Learning Resources presents Library on the Fly. Check out what's blooming at your library this spring! Read a selection of eBooks and stream films remotely.

Weeklong

How Well Do You Know Your Library? – Virtual Escape Room  

As part of National Library Week, Learning Resources will host an online virtual escape room for the duration of NLW. The escape room will feature a series of puzzles, riddles, trivia, and challenges based on information about our libraries that will test even the mightiest, most loyal library visitor! Various clues will be added to this LibGuide throughout the week to help visitors. The top 3 winners (in order of completion) will be announced on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 12 noon and will receive a prize.

Weeklong

Missing in the Stacks! Can you help us solve a mystery?  

The library's only copy of a rare manuscript was misplaced. Where could it be? Using the clues given each day here over the course of National Library Week, see if you can help us solve the mystery by collecting letters to find the answer! The grand reveal will be scheduled Friday, April 9, 2021 at 12 noon.

Weeklong

National Library Workers Day – LR Staff Spotlight

National Library Workers Day is an opportunity to celebrate the vital role of library workers and their contributions to the overall success of our students. Learning Resources employees are encouraged to submit their information via the spotlight form! Submissions will be highlighted in the National Library Week LibGuide with a brief profile featuring a team member's picture and their favorite book or quote. Patrons will have the opportunity to give a library worker a "shout-out" in the comments section.

Weeklong

140 Billion Books in the World – Share Your Favorite! (Coming Soon!)

Inviting all students and the community to share the title and a few thoughts on what makes their favorite books so special. 

Weeklong

Welcome (Us) to Your (Own) Library - Take a Library Shelfie! (Coming Soon!)

Inviting all students, staff, and the community to share a personal bookcase shelfie-selfie. Add a pet! Dress as a fav literary character and share your own home library!

Monday, April 5:

12:00pm

Libraries: Laboratories of Democracy

From stone tablets to digital ones, the history of libraries is a fascinating exploration of  culture, politics, and society around the world. Whether exploring the great Library of  Alexandria, a mobile library delivered via donkey, or little communal libraries springing  up on front yards, there's something for everyone interested in understanding the  impact libraries have had on life throughout history. By taking a closer look into the  many shapes and historical manifestations of libraries, this presentation will showcase  how this free exchange of information and open-door policy to all,  empower communities and serve as a platform for civic engagement. 

2:00pm

Evidence-Based Medicine Resources

National Library Week is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote access to valuable information, resources, and services. Especially now, more than ever, access to reliable medical information has a very important impact on our everyday life. Attendees will learn how to access evidence-based resources which are relevant to their studies in health sciences at MDC. Participants will also become familiar with the process by which health care decisions are made from evidence. 

4:00pm

Jeopardy! Library Edition

How well do you know your MDC Learning Resources? Join us on a fun trivia quest as we test your knowledge and help you learn more about the department that’s all about supporting you! 

Tuesday, April 6:

12:00pm

Creating a We: Become America

Students will engage in conscious dialogue about their and/or their family's immigrant story including how they perceive the state of America to be in terms of democracy, and what they would like for their present as well as the future of their country to look like. This workshop will provide a holding space that highlights, empowers, and creates a sense of shared experiences among the Miami Dade College community; and will highlight a diversity of voices centered in the place we now call home, the United States of America. This is a Literati Book club sponsored event.

Funding for this program is provided by the Life, Liberty + Libraries grant from Florida Humanities and PBS Books with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities, PBS Books or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

2:00pm

Library Resources Spotlight: OverDrive & EBSCO

Want to read the latest bestseller or catch up on one of your favorite series? Doing home projects or on a long drive and wish you could listen to that novel you’ve had on your list? This workshop will introduce or help you become more familiar with the MDC Learning Resources digital platforms for eBooks and audiobooks.

Wednesday, April 7:

12:00pm

Power of Storytelling workshop

What makes a story great? What makes someone a good storyteller? Storytelling begins for most of us at "Once Upon a Time...," but stories continue to touch our hearts, persuade our actions, and even alter our beliefs all throughout our lives. In this workshop, you'll understand the narrative formula that appeared thousands of years ago and continues to distinguish some of the most prolific and greatest story tellers of our time. 

3:00pm

"Make College Easier" workshop

  1. Learn to type at least 40 wpm. Save you time on papers.  
  2. Read more about everything (benefits of reading)  
  3. Confidence Building, Overcoming Motivational/Emotional Obstacles  
  4. Apply for scholarships  
  5. Explore resources
7:00pm

Seeding Change: Movie Screening

Seeding Change is about "triple bottom line" businesses that consider the social, environmental, and financial impacts of their companies and address some of today’s most challenging issues. This award-winning documentary empowers viewers to be part of the solution by voting with their dollars and supporting the brands and products that align with their values. 

Thursday, April 8:

12:00pm

Library Censorship

Censorship, Citizenship, & Individual Responsibility explores how the prohibition of expression is the breeding ground for dystopian societies and how, in a constant feedback loop, societal censorship leads to internal censorship, dehumanizing both society and the individual. ​​​​​​​

Friday, April 9:

12:00pm

Missing in the Stacks Mystery Reveal & Virtual Escape Room Winners

The grand reveal of the solution to the mystery of the missing tome in the stacks! The top three library digital escape room winners will also be announced!

6:00pm

Library Resources Spotlight: Streaming Video

Learn how you can start watching award winning films and documentaries simply by accessing you MDC Learning Resources. This workshop highlights MDC’s digital platforms for streaming a variety of videos.

NLW Banner with a quote by Natalie Portman.