It’s April and that means National Library Week is upon us. National Library Week was proposed by the American Library Association (ALA) back in 1957 and the first ever National Library Week was held across America in 1958. National Library Week runs from April 7 through the 13th this year and students and faculty across Coastal Carolina University are gearing up for latest installment of annual week-long celebration
Christy Anderson is the marketing/administrative assistant for the Coastal Carolina Kimbel Library and she explained how she fell in love with the library here at CCU.
“I was an essay in the marketing communications office when I came here as an undergrad and I worked for years as a freelance writer and journalists,” said Anderson. “I fell in love with libraries and that’s when I got a job here; I just loved it. I am really big on cultural literacy and cultural education awareness, so I like to make sure as many people as possible are represented.”
One of the events that Anderson is really proud of was what was made for Women’s History Month because it was about “all nationalities, ethnic groups representing different causes they were standing up for.” She tried to ‘focus as much on that as she could’.
Each year, a theme is given for National Library Week and this year’s theme is “Libraries Equal Strong Communities”. National Library Week kicks off on Monday, April 7 with two cupcake giveaways, the first one happening at 1 p.m. and the second happening at 6 p.m.. Tuesday is library workers day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Wednesday is the ‘Poetry and Prose’ event at 4 p.m. in the Kimbel Library atrium, which will be a partnership with the English department.
“Also, Monday and Tuesday we are hosting a research and write workshop with the writing center, so we will have writing tutors and research librarians in the same room and you can bring your projects and papers,” Anderson said.
This event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on both days.
Destress Fest will start soon. Snacks through the night will be provided. Aramark will be bringing over food and coffee, and Starbucks will send over coffee as well just to help the students make it through. If you have any questions about what will be served feel free to contact Anderson.
Anyone interested in sharing their artwork in April and May can contact Anderson to contribute their piece so it can be displayed for others to admire. Also, in September for the new fall semester, the library will be hosting an exhibit from the Hampton History Museum in Virginia called When Computers Wear Skirts.
Anderson enjoys working for CCU and hopes to see more involvement from the students on campus.
“I love the CCU community and I am so proud of the work that I see all the students on campus doing and I am happy to promote that,” Anderson said.