house resolution no.222

Reps. Paiz, Glanville, Hoskins, McKinney, McFall, Aiyash, Brabec, Breen, Haadsma, Hope, Liberati, Rheingans, Rogers and Weiss offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare April 16, 2024, as Librarian and Library Worker Day in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Michigan's libraries are essential institutions that offer the opportunity for everyone to connect with others, learn new skills, and pursue their passions, no matter where they are on life’s journey; and

Whereas, Michigan's librarians and library support staff bring the nation expert assistance, personal service, and access to a wealth of resources and programs, both in person and online; and   

Whereas, Michigan's library professionals at thousands of academic, governmental, public, school, and specialized libraries in the United States provide this invaluable service to library users regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic status; and

Whereas, Michigan's librarians and library workers demonstrate an unwavering commitment to excellence in their profession that inspires and enriches the lives of all who visit our libraries; and

Whereas, The passion and dedication of library professionals contribute to the cultural enrichment, educational advancement, economic development, and social cohesion of our city; and

Whereas, Michigan's librarians and library workers demonstrate courage and professionalism in upholding the principles of intellectual freedom and open access to information for all, even in the face of opposition or controversy; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare April 16, 2024, as Librarian and Library Worker Day in the state of Michigan. We recognize and honor the contributions of Michigan's librarians and library workers and commend them for their advocacy and leadership in protecting intellectual freedom and the right to read, ensuring equity of access to information for all Michiganders, promoting literacy, and creating welcoming spaces, programs, and collections that inspire and enrich the lives of all Michiganders. We celebrate this occasion to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of Michigan's librarians and library workers in service to upholding a touchstone of democracy. We thank them for their contribution to the people of Michigan.