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National Library Week: Libraries Lead

National Library Week is here, and Rod Library is so excited to celebrate! This week is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries across the nation and to promote library use and support. This year’s theme is “Libraries Lead,” and we would like to share with you many of the ways that Rod Library’s faculty and staff are leaders inside and outside of the library. On top of all of the hard work and dedication that our employees give to Rod Library, they are also incredibly involved in the community, and their leadership makes a huge impact in the Cedar Valley.

Chris Cox, dean of library services

"National Library Week’s theme this year is ‘Libraries Lead.’ There is no better place to witness that leadership than in the community. Not only does Rod Library serve as a community resource for information, but our librarians and staff spend hundreds of hours a week giving back. Rod Library staff lead by example, actively donating their time to contribute to the betterment of the Cedar Valley community.”

Here are just a few of the ways that Rod Library faculty and staff are leaders outside of the library:

  • Serve on area school committees such as prom and athletic boosters
  • Teach Sunday school at area churches
  • Advocate for pancreatic cancer research
  • Help maintain the trail system in George Wyth State Park
  • Participate in the Cedar Falls Library Seed Library
  • Serve as a board member on the Cedar Falls Historical Society
  • Act as a city council representative
  • Fundraise and volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Retrieving Freedom, and honor flights for veterans
  • Serve on the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary
  • And many more...

To read more details about the many fantastic leadership positions that our library faculty and staff hold, check out the display board by the staircase on the east side of the building.

Thank you to all of our hard-working library employees, and happy National Library Week!

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