April 3-9, 2022 is National Library Week

National Library Week is a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities.
St. Martin Parish Library encourages all community members to visit their library in person or online to explore and access services and programs.

During April, the St. Martin Parish Library will run a month-long fine free campaign to encourage the return of overdue materials to its shelves.
Late fees will be waived for any overdue item returned to a St. Martin Parish Library branch. This campaign applies to library users of all ages whether a book is one day late, one year late, or more.
If an item is reported permanently lost or returned damaged, users will be responsible for paying only the replacement cost for that item. The fine free campaign applies only to the actual return of physical materials during the month of April. Outstanding fines on previously returned items will not be waived.

St. Martin Parish Library offers a wide array of programs and resources that are available in person or from the comfort of home. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Connect with Your Library,” which promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, and ideas, in addition to books. Most importantly, libraries also connect communities to each other. Libraries of all types continue to go above and beyond to keep their communities connected by expanding resources and embracing inclusion in their programming, resources and collections. Libraries across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources like online homework help and wi-fi access for students and workers who may lack internet access at home.

During National Library Week 2022, we’re asking you to share the connections you’ve made thanks to your library. Did you find a great book? Get access to computers? Attend a great program or storytime? Did you make new friends at the library’s book club? Tell us by posting to Instagram, Twitter, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Use the hashtag #MyLibrary. Don’t forget to tag your library!

If you love your library, say it loud and proud: vocal community support helps libraries secure much-needed funding and reminds hardworking library staff that their efforts are appreciated.
Participating in the #MyLibrary promotion is a quick, easy way to help your library thrive!

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April.