Letter to the Editor

Honoring library workers

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

April 5 is National Library Workers Day, sponsored by the American Library Association as part of the annual National Library Week. Our Carroll and Madison Library System is comprised of six different libraries in Carroll and Madison counties, in the communities of Berryville, Eureka Springs, Green Forest, Huntsville, Kingston, and St. Paul. Libraries do so much more than house the books and other items we can request nearly any time of the day or night by making online requests at https://berryvillelibrary.org or see https://www.camals.org/ for the other five libraries.

Library workers provide outstanding and invaluable service to library users regardless of age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background.

From leisure reading to materials needed for my research on local and state history, I have been able to check out many items from the Berryville Public Library and other libraries in the system to research my articles.

As a retired librarian, I applaud our library workers and library collections. The staff members are consistently friendly, helpful, efficient, and willing to “go the extra mile” to make materials available. They are also knowledgeable and patient in helping people locate information through the internet on the library’s public use computers.

National Library Workers Day recognizes the valuable contributions library staff make every day to our communities through their hard work and dedication in support of education, public programs, entertainment, and lifelong learning.

To show appreciation and support for library workers and the work they do throughout the year, library users are invited to “Submit a Star” by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee ala-apa.org/nlwd . Each testimonial will be posted in the “Galaxy of Stars” on the NLWD website to honor deserving library workers.

— Andrea Cantrell