house resolution no.81

Rep. Paiz offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare April 25, 2023, as Librarian and Library Worker Day in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Libraries are cultural institutions at the heart of every Michigan community and campus, and the heartbeat of every library is its people Ė its librarians and library workers; 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, Michigan's librarians and library workers strive to create inclusive collections and programs, and provide access to information and resources to all members of the community regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic status; and

Whereas, Michigan's librarians and library workers promote literacy and life-long learning and foster creativity and innovation; and

Whereas, Michigan's librarians and library workers form welcoming spaces that promote local connection and foster a sense of community, advancing understanding and civic engagement; and

Whereas, Michiganís librarians and library workers create safe places for their community members to explore new ideas anonymously without fear of judgment, hatred, or reprisal; and

Whereas, Michiganís librarians and library workers make order out of chaos and help families in Michigan find the information they want AND the information they didnít even know they were looking for; 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 25, 2023, 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, dedication, and innovation of Michigan's librarians and library workers, and to thank them for their invaluable service and contributions to the state.