WHAT LIBRARIES DO
Libraries are places of information. When most people think "library" they think books. And while that is certainly true, these days books take different shapes, such as e-books and audio books. More than just books, libraries are places of information, offering people free access to a wealth of information that they often can't find elsewhere, whether online, in print or in person. Whether they're looking for DVDs or the latest best-seller; health or business information found on internet databases not accessible at home, or going for story times and community programming, the library is a center of community for millions of people.
America's 123,000 libraries fall into four basic types (with a few added variations): Public, School, Academic and Special. There are also Armed Forces libraries, Government libraries and multi-use or Joint-Use libraries, which combine library types in one service area or structure. Learn more about America's libraries.
At the center of all types of libraries is the librarian. Librarians are information experts, selecting books relevant to the community, creating helpful programming, and connecting people to information.
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 millon Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. As we begin the four year cout down to Earth Day's 50th Anniversary in 2020, Earth Day Network is pledging to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide - one for every person on Earth. And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day - April 22, 2016. It's bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand. This Earth Day and beyond, let's make big stuff happen. let's plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth.