A group of librarians were in the house . . . the Statehouse, that is. On April 11, Governor Otter proclaimed the week of April 8 – 14, 2018 to be Idaho Library Week. The text of the proclamation is here.

In conjunction with National Library Week, the honor highlights all that Idaho libraries and librarians bring to their communities.

Once primarily known as places for research, reading, and reflection, the more than 850 public, school, academic, and special libraries throughout the Gem State are bustling hubs of innovation, education, and engagement.

State Librarian Ann Joslin said, “From storytimes and Makerspaces, to databases and DVDs, today’s library provides so much for Idahoans of all ages to explore or rediscover.” Joslin added, “Expert library staff guide and assist their patrons with a wide variety of topics and offerings, such as:  digital literacy; starting a business; preparing for a college entrance exam; learning computer software; developing a child’s literacy skills; or just finding something fun to do on a Saturday night — like an old-fashioned board game or a cooking class.”

Whether it’s within the pages of a gripping best-seller, among new friends met at an art exhibit, or in planning that exotic vacation, go find your next adventure — it’s as close as the local library.

Photos from the Idaho Library Week proclamation ceremony: