Library Week Resources: A Guide for Authors and Families

Mar 29, 2024 by Alexa Bigwarfe, in News & updates

As Library Week rolls around, I can't help but get excited. It's like being a kid in a candy store, except instead of sweets, we're surrounded by shelves of books! So, grab your library card and join your communities in the library. Also, check to see if your library has our catalog of books!  


For Authors:

1. Writing Workshops and Author Talks:

Picture this: sitting in a cozy corner of the library, sipping on your favorite brew, while listening to an accomplished author spill the beans on their writing journey. Sounds like a dream, right? Many city libraries host workshops and talks where you can pick up tips, tricks, and inspiration from the pros.


2. Access to Research Databases:

Need to dive deep into your next novel or article? With access to a plethora of research databases, you can unearth nuggets of information that'll add richness and depth to your writing. It's like having a secret weapon in your creative arsenal!


3. Quiet Writing Spaces:

Let's face it, finding a quiet spot to write can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. With tranquil writing spaces where you can let your imagination run wild, you'll be churning out pages faster than you can say "bestseller."


4. Author-in-Residence Programs:

Imagine having your own creative haven nestled within the heart of the library. Well, with author-in-residence programs, that dream can become a reality! Not only do you get to work on your masterpiece surrounded by endless inspiration, but you also become part of a vibrant literary community.


Contact your local library to see if they have these resources for your use, if not, get together with your library management and discuss adding these programs to the community.

For Families:

1. Storytime Sessions:

Calling all parents and little bookworms! Storytime sessions at the library are not to be missed. From captivating tales to interactive activities, these sessions are the perfect way to spark a love for reading in your little ones, all while making cherished memories together.


2. Homework Help and Tutoring:

Stuck on that tricky math problem? Feeling lost with your history assignment? With homework help and tutoring services, your kids can get the extra support they need to excel in school, all under the watchful eye of knowledgeable mentors.


3. Family-Friendly Events:

Looking for some weekend fun that won't break the bank? Look no further than your local library! From puppet shows to movie screenings to craft workshops, there's always something exciting happening for families to enjoy together.


4. Summer Reading Programs:

Ah, summer—the perfect time to soak up the sun and dive into a good book. And what better way to keep the kiddos entertained than with a summer reading program? With fun challenges, cool prizes, and endless adventures between the pages, it's a win-win for everyone!


Go to your local libraries website and access their “events” page to find out what fun your community library has going on!

Events and Initiatives:

1. Author Meet-and-Greets:

Attention, book lovers! Have you ever wanted to meet your favorite author in the flesh? Well, now's your chance! Many libraries host meet-and-greet sessions with authors during Library Week, giving you the opportunity to chat, get your books signed, and maybe even snag a selfie or two. For our authors, be sure to sign up for these meet and greets/readings, it’s such a great way to get your book into more hands.


2. Book Swaps and Book Clubs:

Got a stack of books gathering dust on your shelves? Bring them along to a book swap event at the library and trade them for some new literary treasures. And if you're looking for some lively bookish discussions, why not join a book club? Trust me, there's nothing quite like geeking out over your favorite reads with fellow bookworms.


So there you have it, whether you're a wordsmith in search of inspiration or a family on the hunt for adventure, your local library has something for everyone. Happy Library Week!