Today marks the beginning of National Library Week in the U.S., a time to reflect on and celebrate the importance of libraries in local communities. The ALA is sponsoring some fun contests to mark the event, including a twaiku competition via Twitter. Twaiku use the same basic structure of three lines with 5-7-5 syllables, but within the Twitter-limited 140 characters (or 130 with the #nlwtwaiku hashtag). Teens ages 13-18 can also enter the Why I Need My Library video contest for a chance to win $3,000 for their library.
Check out John Grisham's homage to libraries and then head on out to your nearest branch and check out a book or two.