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Proclamation 3226—National Library Week

March 15, 1958

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas throughout our national history free access to the printed word has been essential to educational and cultural advancement, to economic and technological development, and to the intelligent participation of the citizen in the affairs of our country; and

Whereas the libraries of our country play a major role in advancing these ends, and in enriching the life of our Nation, by bringing to the people informational, cultural, and recreational materials of all kinds; and

Whereas our cherished freedom to read has little meaning where books and other printed materials are not available; and

Whereas numerous national and local organizations are interested in focusing public attention on the services and resources of our libraries and their contribution to the civic welfare and cultural advancement of our Nation; and

Whereas the Congress by a concurrent resolution of March 14, 1958, has requested the President to issue a proclamation setting aside the period beginning on March 16 and ending on March 22, 1958, as National Library Week, and calling upon the people of the United States to observe such week with appropriate ceremonies:

Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate the week beginning March 16 and ending March 22, 1958, as National Library Week; and I urge the fullest possible participation in the observance of that week by the people of the United States. Let National Library Week be a time for the appraisal of community needs for library services and of the means for meeting them, for encouraging the development of a better-read, better-informed citizenry, and for rededication to that fine public service that has always been characteristic of the libraries of America.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

DONE at the City of Washington this 15th day of March in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and fifty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and eighty-second.

Signature of Dwight D. Eisenhower


By the President:


Acting Secretary of State

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Proclamation 3226—National Library Week Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/307612

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