Celebrate National Library Week with Free Books!

National Library Week is here; running from April 13-19, the American Library Association is hosting events in libraries across the country in celebration of the contributions of the nation's libraries (and librarians).  Honorary chair this year is Judy Blume who found her love for books at a public library in Elizabeth, New Jersey, while sitting on the floor in the children's section.  Everyday, across the nation, libraries open doorways into the mind for students, entrepreneurs, job seekers, gamers, history buffs, and even geeks!

A2D2 and I are both bibliophiles at heart, and what got me truly excited about National Library Week was a week of free access to Oxford University Press. You can visit Oxford University Press here and sign in with the username: libraryweek and password: libraryweek to access their extensive library.
I, of course, immediately went to the Oxford English Dictionary to look up the etymology of some of my most frequently used words. But do not fear, if word etymology is not your thing, the Oxford University Press has access to a plethora of subjects.  Worst case, it may be worth a look just to see what they have while it's free.  If you live in the UK, nearly all public libraries in England, Scotland, and Wales subscribe while the entirety of Northern Ireland libraries subscribe - meaning you most likely have access through your public library.  If you live in the US, check with your local library regarding subscriptions.  Individual subscriptions are available for a fee.

Want to celebrate via social media? Share how your library has changed your life and use the
hashtags #LivesChange and #NLW14 for a chance to win a Kindle Fire through the American Library Association! Share your photos or stories in photos and/or 140 characters for your chance to win. Rules for the contest can be found here.  Basically, make sure your stories are posted between 9am CDT today (Monday) through noon on Friday, April 18th to be entered!

Looking for something a little more behind the scenes? You can support the American Library Association by signing the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. This document, and the associated signatures show community support for libraries, and their programs, within the community.

Want to win your own mini reading list? Enter to win a copy of "The Secret Society of Demolition Writers!" In an anonymous anthology of all-original, no-holds-barred short fiction, a group of famed writers--including Elizabeth McCracken, Rosie O'Donnell, Michael Connelly, and Benjamin Cheever--captures the lives of such offbeat characters as a delusional schizophrenic, an egg donor with second thoughts, and a young girl who discovers that an old safe forms the portal to another, ghostly world. What would you write if no one knew who you were? Enter below to win your copy; you just have to tweet your support for National Library Week!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here are some additional links that you may find fun and exciting during national library week:

Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books
Celebrate a Librarian with National Library Workers Day - Tuesday April 15th
National Bookmobile Day - Wednesday April 16th
ProQuest Provides Access to 5 Databases Free for Library Week
Check out National Library Week on Pinterest

National libraries are celebrating in a variety of ways and I encourage you to check out what your local library is doing!  Happy reading fellow bibliophiles!

-Seven of Nine-

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