Councilwoman Schipske Seeks Council to Proclaim National Library Workers Day

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Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske is once again asking that City Council proclaim Tuesday, April 10, 2012 “National Library Workers Day” during National Library Week. National Library Workers Day is a time to honor the contributions of all library workers, including librarians, support staff, and others who make library services possible.

“Libraries in Long Beach work because library workers do!”, says Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske. “They’re the people opening doors, answering questions, fixing printers, and selecting materials that serve this community best. Not only do they make sure the library runs smoothly, they also protect user privacy, fight against censorship, and ensure that all people have access to information of all library resources when they need it.”

In addition to proclaiming April 10, 2012 as National Library Workers Day, Councilwoman Schipske is asking that City Council encourage residents to participate in acknowledging the city’s librarians and staff by nominating “star” library employees for public recognition on the National Library Workers Day website.

“Anyone may nominate a ‘Star’ library worker or team for creativity, enthusiasm, customer service, or even for that special something they add to a library,” says Schipske. Stars can be nominated by going online to the National Library Workers Day website. New nominations will be showcased in the Galaxy of Stars on the NLWD website each week.

Councilwoman Schipske is a strong advocate of the public libraries. She has worked with a community taskforce to explore ways to restore funding that’s been cut from the library budget.

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