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It's National Library Week. Do you have a librarian to thank?

April 12, 2011 | 10:17 am

The American Library Assn. has declared April 10-16 National Library Week. Happy National Library Week, everyone!

As libraries have faced budget cutbacks nationwide, National Library Week is a time when they can be the focus of positive attention. They're holding a haiku contest on Twitter -- some call it Twaiku -- and celebrating bookmobiles on Wednesday and teen literature on Thursday.

Today, Tueday, is National Library Workers Day -- a time to thank librarians and the rest of the library staff. And for this writer, that means saying, "Thanks, Mom!"

It's true, my mom was a librarian -- a reference librarian at the University of Rhode Island.

Do you have a librarian to thank? Share your librarian appreciation in the comments.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: William Mendoza, 22, takes a break from running errands to read at the Pico-Union branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in February. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times