The Senate last night unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution offered by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) proclaiming April 23rd "National Adopt A Library Day." The measure recognizes the important role of libraries in local communities and encourages Americans to donate their unused books to schools and libraries. This is the fifth consecutive year Senator Webb has introduced the resolution.
The resolution, cosponsored by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Thad Cochran (R-MS), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), acknowledges these institutions are valuable learning centers for children and families from all backgrounds and rely on donations from individuals to expand their collections. Libraries in the United States have also provided valuable resources to individuals who are affected by the economic crisis by encouraging continued education and job training. In 1995, the United Nations also designated April 23rd "World Book Day."
"As a long-time journalist and the author of nine books, I recognize the importance that libraries play in promoting literacy and inspiring creativity in all Americans," said Senator Webb. "Books enrich our lives and help shape our outlook of the world. I am pleased we were able to designate this day, commemorating our national libraries."
"I hope that this resolution will raise public awareness of the need for unused books and encourage donations to local libraries across the country," Webb continued.
The measure was inspired by the non-profit organization AdoptALibrary.org which was founded by Falls Church resident Lynn Gaubatz. The organization promotes literacy through facilitating book donations to schools, libraries, Native American reservations, and prisons.
"In our recovering economy, families and job seekers are relying more than ever on their local library for educational research and job training. This resolution also reminds us of the vital role that libraries play in our communities and what we all can do to enrich them," said Gaubatz. "I'm thankful for Senator Webb's leadership in the creation of "National Adopt A Library Day' which calls attention to and encourages library donations to those communities that need them the most."