Beloit Public Library Director Nick Dimassis accepted a formal proclamation during the City of Beloit’s April 1 city council meeting, proclaiming April 7-13 National Library Week. National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable roles that libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

Click the links below to watch the proclamation and acceptance speech on the City of Beloit’s YouTube channel:
City Council Vice President Nancy Forbeck’s reading of the proclamation – 12:30-15:00
Beloit Public Library Director Nick Dimassis’ acceptance speech – 15:00-18:32

Read the proclamation below.

National Library Week 2024 Proclamation

WHEREAS, libraries offer the opportunity for everyone to connect with others, learn new skills, and pursue their passions, no matter where they are on life’s journey;

WHEREAS, libraries have long served as trusted institutions, striving to ensure equitable access to information and services for all members of the community regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic status;

WHEREAS, libraries adapt to the ever-changing needs of their communities, developing and expanding collections, programs, and services that are as diverse as the populations they serve;

WHEREAS, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that promote a sense of local connection, advancing understanding, civic engagement, and shared community goals;

WHEREAS, libraries play a pivotal role in economic development by providing resources and support for job seekers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, thus contributing to local prosperity and growth;

WHEREAS, libraries are treasured institutions that preserve our collective heritage and knowledge, safeguarding both physical and digital resources for present and future generations;

WHEREAS, libraries are an essential public good and fundamental institutions in democratic societies, working to improve society, protect the right to education and literacy, and promote the free exchange of information and ideas for all;

WHEREAS, libraries, librarians, and library workers are joining library supporters and advocates across the nation to celebrate National Library Week;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that The City of Beloit proclaims National Library Week, April 7-13, 2024. During this week, we encourage all residents to visit Beloit Public Library and celebrate the adventures and opportunities they unlock for us every day. Ready, Set, Library!

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