Celebrate National Library Week 2015

National Library Week 2015

Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative

The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative is an amazing resource for all residents living in Hillsborough County. There are over two dozen branches located throughout our county, and for residents that may not have an opportunity to visit a library we offer two mobile units: The Bookmobile and The Cybermobile. Those two buses will bring the library to YOU! Pretty cool, don’t you think?

Each April, since 1958 National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

During National Library Week we have NATIONAL BOOKMOBILE DAY!! On Wednesday April 15, 2015 we recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities. Nearly as large as a city bus, the Bookmobile brings the library to YOU!


Combined, the two buses visit more than 60 stops throughout Hillsborough County each month, making sure that residents that can’t get out to their local branches have the opportunity to receive library materials. Curious about where the Bookmobiles go? You can view the two Bookmobile schedules HERE and HERE.

Stop in to one of your local branches this week during National Library Week, and share a photo! Tweet it to us at @TampaHillsLib and use the Hashtag #LibraryMade for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Maker Shed or Amazon.  Promotion begins Monday April 13 at noon CT and ends Friday, April 17 at noon CT. Sponsored by the American Library Association.


In addition to the services provided by the Bookmobiles, HCPLC offers wonderful programming for all members of our community.

I remember planning my own children’s summer activities by the library calendar. From puppet and magic shows, to technology programming, the library HAS IT ALL!

For example, the Storytelling Festival is happening THIS Saturday at the main library, John F. Germany from 10am-3pm. Come out and join the fun!

There is something for everyone, and for all ages, too!

This year, upper elementary and middle school students (Grades 4-7) will engage with science and technology in programs geared specifically for them, including: Roving Robots and Science of Destruction.

Middle and high school students can spark a reaction and expand their minds through Yoga & Meditation for Teens, Hunger Games and more.

And Beginning June 9, teens can pick up a SPARK card at any public library. Complete tasks this summer such as attend a library program, download an eBook, or read a book. Turn your completed SPARK card in for a chance to win an iPad! For grades 6 to 12.

*Funded by the Friends of the John F. Germany Public Library.

For a complete list of ALL summer programming for children of all ages click HERE.

Need help finding a program, or refining the search? Feel free to email me, Jenny Hodges at [email protected] and I would love to help you find the perfect program for your family!

The local public library is a wonderful resource all year long, and it’s our pleasure to be there for you.

About Jenny

jennyJenny Hodges is a Senior Librarian with the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative. She received her advanced degree in Library and Information Science from USF in 2009. She is also a very active mom to her 3 elementary aged children: Haley, Ella, and Ronin. You can learn more about Jenny on her Blog, and follow her along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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One Response to Celebrate National Library Week 2015

  1. Erin Woolums, family lawyer April 14, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    The bookmobile is such a great idea! It gives everyone the gift of literature.