National Library Week 2016

Libraries Transform ALA BadgeThis week, Butte Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries for National Library Week, April 10-16.

Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies or just relax. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including Ancestry, Auto Repair Reference Center, Small Engine Repair Reference Center, other EBSCO resources, and Montana Library2Go that can be accessed online.

Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. At Butte Public Library we are transforming by providing weekly story times, meeting space for clubs and groups, Tuesday Lego Night, Wii Wednesday, Thursday Coding Night, Friday computer classes, Saturday matinees, and various stand-alone events, such as the upcoming First Annual Edible Book Festival on Saturday, April 16 in celebration of National Library Week.

Libraries are many things to many people. They work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public to discover and address the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, assistance for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.


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

For more information, visit the Butte Public Library at 226 W. Broadway St. or call 723-3361.