Urbandale Public Library/Help Us Celebrate National Library Week!


April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.  This week, we’re joining  libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs, and expertise they offer!


Tell us Your Story!

How has the Urbandale Public Library – or other libraries from your past –  made a difference in your life?  During National Library Week, we’re encouraging patrons to tell us how libraries have made a difference in their lives.  Stop by our Services Desk April 8 – 14 and fill out one of these pages.  You only need to write a few sentences and you will remain anonymous!  Our staff will post the completed pages on a display in the Library.

Can’t make it to the Library this week?   You can submit your story online by clicking here.

Here are a few examples written by members of our staff:

     I have so many fond memories of libraries throughout the years.  My neighborhood friends and I would walk to the library every other day in the summer and choose books.  I remember walking into the cool building and loving it since we did not have air conditioning!  I loved the smell of the library and was so very excited to move up to “chapter books.”  Eventually, we would head home with our arms loaded with books and fill out our summer reading logs.  Mrs. Dillard, the librarian, would stamp our logs and give us stickers to let us go into the adult section and drink from the cool water fountain!  My elementary school librarian taught us all about the Dewey Decimal system and how to find items in the library.  She wanted us to be confident in using the card catalog and all of the library services.  In upper elementary school, the librarian asked me to come into the library and read to the younger kids and I was so excited and proud.  Throughout high school and college, I spent many years in libraries and was very comfortable in finding materials from the excellent education I got from my childhood librarians!  – Submitted by Susan.  

     I credit all those many visits to the public library I made as a child in developing my love for research that continues to this day.  I’ve always been a very curious person, and at a young age, I learned that libraries hold the answers to all of my questions if I just look in the right places.  – Submitted by Laura.


Thank you for helping us celebrate the impact of  libraries!

The 2018 National Library Week celebration marks the 60th anniversary of this event, first sponsored in 1958.