H.Res. XX: Expressing Support for the Designation of April 12-18, 2009 as "National Library Week"

H.Res. XX

Expressing Support for the Designation of April 12-18, 2009 as "National Library Week"

Date
April 22, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H. Res. __ is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) on April 21, 2009.

Bill Summary

H. Res.__ would resolve that Congress:

  • "Supports the goals and ideals of National Library Week; and
  • "Encourages all residents to visit a library to take advantage of the wonderful library resources available, and to thank their libraries and library workers for making information accessible to all who walk through the library's doors."

 

Background

According to the resolution's findings, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimates that public library use increased to 1,400,000,000 visits nationwide during Fiscal Year 2006, continuing a long-term trend of increased library usage. Libraries continue to play a vital role in supporting the quality of life in communities and have helped people of all ages discover a world of knowledge. Libraries continue to provide no-fee public computer and internet access to accommodate the growing need for access to digital and online information, including e-government, continuing education, and employment opportunities.