National Library Week 2012

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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.

The slogan for this year’s celebration is “you belong @ your library”.  Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children, or a student searching for your next favorite book, we invite you stop by the library during National Library Week and tell us why the library is important to you. 

Why is the library important to you?


Corrine Castrini

In these difficult economic times, a library card is the best value in entertainment.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 4:06pm
Andrew Volpe

As a poor college student, I don't have extra money to buy every book and magazine I want to read. The library offers me the opportunity to borrow materials and read them free of charge.

Tue, 04/10/2012 - 10:45am
Steve Bjork

At their core, libraries are a great equalizer – they provide full access to knowledge, regardless of a person’s socio-economic circumstances.  Through a library, anyone and everyone is able to secure books, videos, time on a computer, and time on the Internet.  A free public library is one of the greatest innovations of this country.

And, in recent years, the library has evolved into a community center with classes, seminars, book discussions, and hundreds of children’s program.  The library is alive and vibrant.

Tue, 04/10/2012 - 12:13pm
Joanne Benton, ...
Public libraries offer information and materials to everyone. They are a source of great adventure, important information and Town history. Most of all, they are the heart of a community where everyone can go for entertainment of the mind and soul!
Wed, 04/11/2012 - 11:44am
Brandy King

I launched my business last year and it's going very well. But I'm still not at the point where I can afford an office space, and working from home is not an option with 2 little kids.  I head to the library 2-3 times a week for a few hours to get work done. With wireless access to the internet, a comfortable space I can focus in, and librarians to ask for help, it's my office away from home for now. Plus I get to pick up pleasure reading on my way out!


Wed, 04/11/2012 - 2:17pm
Rachelle Toth

Books, movies, music, internet access, friendly staff, and great programs.  What else can I say, the library has it all.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 2:18pm
Mike Caira


The Library is important to me because it provides such a wide range of affordable, typically free, and accessible reources for everyone.  It serves both as a source of information and of entertainment.  It is especially  important to me because of its diversified offerings geared for family and community.  Wilmington has a great Library...just ask my grandchildren!


Wed, 04/11/2012 - 2:26pm
Nancee Jenne

The Wilmington Library has been a source of great entertainment and information the past year. Their audiobooks make my commute into Boston bearable. I have researched investments, rving, low-carb diets and various other topics over the year. Valuable resource for movies, tv program DVDs and electronic books.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 3:20pm
Mike Champoux

The library is important in that it serves every person uniquely.  Some take advantage of the print books, magazines and referennce materials while for others it is simply a quiet place to do homework or catch up on the news.  Still others take advantage of the rich cultural and arts offerings and children enjoy learning while having fun in a variety of activities and programs just for them.  The library is a community center with something to offer everyone!   I hope too see you there soon!

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 3:51pm
Wilmington Farm...

The Wilmington Library is a valuable asset to the town. Besides providing all residents with free access to educational resources and entertainment, it provides local organizations (like the Wilmington Farmers Market Association) with space for meetings, and with the opportunity to connect with new members and volunteers. The WFMA truly appreciates that resource (and all the support and kindness we've gotten from the library staff).

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 8:04pm
Joan Grady

The library has always been a focal point of my life. As a child a walk to the library with my best friend was one of my cherished weekly rituals.  As a graduate student it became a lifeline for research, and as an elementary teacher the library and the helpful librarians kept me in books to read aloud to my classes.  When my daughter was young, the library was a home away from home - story hours, puppets, puzzles, and adults who knew your name and welcomed you.  Now we have fabulous programming for all ages, and you have to love "After Hours at the Library"!  It's fun, it's welcoming, it's for everyone, and it's free!

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 7:28am
Susanne Clarkin

In this day and age, when everyone seeks "instant access", it is a struggle for libraries to remain relevant. The WPL, through community programs, community outreach, and collaboration with the WPS, remains a valuable asset to the Townspeople of Wilmington.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 9:18am

The WML is my primary source for books, videos, music, and community events. It provides a wealth of information, and is accessible to everyone. It is an invaluable asset to Wilmington, and the staff are abundantly helpful, friendly, and creative with its event offerings.  

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 7:56pm
Diana Gilman

The library is the most important and fun place in Wilmington.  I'm there at least 2 or 3 times every week.  It provides all ages with great reading material, including "best sellers."  Great place.  

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 8:37am