National Library Week!

April 4 - 10, 2021

Athol Public Library to Celebrate National Library Week

April 4-10, 2021

National Library Week (April 4 - 10, 2021) is a time to celebrate our nation's libraries, library workers' contributions, and promote library use and support.

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.

The Athol Public Library will celebrate with events and activities for the community.

On Monday, everyone (but especially young families) is invited to enjoy the story walk and related craft provided by our friends at Valuing Our Children. If the weather is nice, the story walk will be outside in the library park. If it is cold or rainy, look for it on the library’s second floor. We’ll also be having online LEGO Club for folks ages 5-11 and their families. Visit our website ( for LEGO registration information.

On Tuesday, the library will offer two new scavenger hunts – One upstairs and one downstairs. Everyone is invited to try both!

Come to the library on Wednesday for your free Athol Public Library pen and, on Thursday, visitors will receive a fun keyring flashlight.

Also on Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll be offering Virtual Story Time Live! Story Times are geared towards pre-schoolers, but any child who can enjoy a picture book is invited! Please register for Virtual Story Time – Details are on the children’s library website.

All week long, the Friends of the Library will be hosting a used book sale, and it’s Buy One Get One Free! Be sure to bring a bag (or you can purchase a sturdy canvas tote with an image of the library on it for $10).

And, songbirds have returned to hang out at the Athol Public Library! A new scavenger hunt featuring spring and summer birds local to this area is set up on the second floor. Pick up a clue sheet at the circulation desk and see if you can find and identify all of them. A display of real birds, courtesy of the Athol Bird and Nature Club, is set up in the display case by the main desk.

The theme for this year is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use our services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery, and exploration.

During the pandemic, Athol Library staff worked to adapt resources and services to meet the needs of the community virtually. They are delighted to be able to welcome the public into the building, M-Th, 9:30 – 6:00.


[Pictured: Nadine Willey and Melia Hopkins and the display of taxidermied birds provided by the Athol Bird and Nature Club]