AF libraries to celebrate National Library Week

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By Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs / Published April 16, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) --

Air Force libraries will observe National Library Week April 13-19 with the theme "Lives Change @ Your Library."

To commemorate this event, base libraries will host a variety of local programs and contests to communicate the value of libraries.

"Libraries and librarians have a powerful and positive impact on the lives of Americans on a daily basis," said Marjorie Buchanan, the Air Force Personnel Center libraries branch chief. "Their stories are key to communicating the value of libraries. National Library Week is the perfect opportunity to encourage your community to tell the story of how the library has changed their life."

Throughout the week libraries across the nation will post blogs, tweets, and Facebook posts to identify how libraries changed their customers' lives.

Air Force libraries will host National Library Worker's Day April 15 and Teen Literature Day April 17.

"National Library Worker's Day was first celebrated in 2004 to honor and recognize all library workers, including librarians, support staff and others who make library service possible every day," Buchanan explained. "Teen Literature Day seeks to showcase award-winning authors and books in the genre, as well as highlight librarians' expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials."

Additionally, base libraries will collect "What I Like About My Library" forms to showcase the many benefits of library services and have a library declaration poster for visitors to sign.

"The 'What I Like About My Library' forms will help identify specific library services important to our customers and also assist library staff to prioritize resources to meet customer needs," Buchanan said. "The library that has the Declaration poster with the most signatures will receive new books for their collection."

For installations that do not have base libraries, the Air Force offers the online library. To access the online Air Force Library, visit the Air Force Portal and click on the "Library And Resources" tab in the navigation tool bar. Here Airmen can access multiple applications giving them access to electronic books, audio books, digital magazines, movies and much more.

"Airmen and families can forward 'What I Like About My Library' comments to their nearest installation library, or visit local community libraries for other events," Buchanan said.

For more information about Air Force libraries and other quality of life programs go to

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