Guy-Perkins School District recognizes Petrina Baker, Elementary School Librarian, and Lisa Halk, High School Librarian, for their dedication and service to teachers and students during National Library Week. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less
on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments.
Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American
Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the
National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious.
They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure
time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and
happy family life." With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the
Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in
1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!"