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April 6, 2018

Contact: Donna Scott-Martin

301-699-3500, ext. 6152

Embrace Leadership at Your Library

Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14 

Largo, MD – This week, the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.


April 8-14, 2018 is National Library Week, which represents the 60th anniversary celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Towards this end, the Prince George’s County Council presented the Library System with a National Library Week 2018 Proclamation expressing how much Prince George's County values its award winning Library, consisting of 19 branches. 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.


“Discover your passions and achieve your goals at the Library,” exclaimed Misty Copeland, 2018 National Library Week Honorary Chair. In 2015, Misty was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history. Copeland is the author of Ballerina Body, an instant New York Times bestseller, published in March 2017. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Life in Motion, published March 2014. Copeland is also the author of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award-winning 2014 book Firebird, an inspiring children’s book that shows that through hard work and dedication any young dancer can become a Firebird.


Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.


“Here at PGCMLS, we level the playing field for persons of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life. We hope you will celebrate with us and attend one or more of the engaging programs our branches are hosting this month,” said the Library’s Co-Chief Executive Officer Michael Gannon. 


As a part of the celebration, PGCMLS is debuting My Lucky Day services providing the hottest and latest adult books a special collections browsing space with no reservations or holds for these materials. The borrowing period is also shortened to

2 weeks to increase your chances of finding your favorite new release and experience “My Lucky Day.” For our preschoolers, Playaway Launchpads will now be offered at all 19 branches of the Library System, not just six by the end of April. Youth and adult customers alike will enjoy our newly designed library cards coming soon! 


About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), consisting of 19 branches, offers strategies for lifelong learning. Skills development library resources include: Rosetta Stone Library Solution,, Brainfuse’s HelpNow and JobNow, ArtistWorks for Libraries and Learning Express Library. Early literacy resources are: Ready 2 Read Centers, Ready 2 Read Backpacks, ABCmouse, AWE Early Literacy Stations, Beanstack, Playaway Launchpads and PebbleGo. All these services are free with your PGCMLS library card. Also, enjoy Minecraft, 3D printing, DREAM (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media) lab, chess clubs and MAC (Manga and Anime Clubs) free at your library. Engage with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. Check out our mobile apps! Learn more about what your Library has to offer at