National Library Week begins April 19

Jim Butler, on behalf of the Knoxville Ambassadors, presents a plaque to Library DIrector Roslin Thompson. (photo by Steve Woodhouse)

April 19-25, 2020 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming communities and improving lives.

“The past weeks have been challenging, but we want to assure everyone that we are here to support the community,” said Director Thompson. “Libraries have long been trusted and treasured institutions where we can all come together, connect and learn alongside one another. Services and programs may look different but we will adjust. We learn and adapt.”

The library has moved Story Time and Book Club online, and is considering other online programming in the future. There are also many free resources available on the library’s website: People who need to apply for a new library card or renew their library cards can call 641-828-0585 or email The wifi is free and accessible from the parking lot and people are reminded to maintain social distance.

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