WASHINGTON, April 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Wednesday, April 13th. April is a significant month for the American printed word. In 1800, the Library of Congress was founded, and earlier this week, in 1828, Noah Webster published the first dictionary of American English. This is also the middle of National Library Week, celebrating libraries, those who staff them and the billions of materials they circulate. While computers and electronic media are of increasing importance in the services libraries offer, books remain at the core of their collections, with the Library of Congress alone holding more than 37 million. It's estimated there are almost 120,000 libraries across the U.S., from the familiar public libraries to those in schools, academies and governments. State and local libraries employ 87,000 people full time, and over 98,000 part-timers. Profile America is completing its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Library of Congress founded/accessed 1/27/2016: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/apr24.html
National Library Week/accessed 1/27/2016: http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/factsheets/nationallibraryweek
Noah Webster's dictionary/accessed 1/27/2016: http://webstersdictionary1828.com/NoahWebster
Library of Congress book holdings/accessed 1/27/2016 http://www.loc.gov/about/fascinating-facts/
Number of libraries/accessed 1/27/2016: http://www.ala.org/tools/libfactsheets/alalibraryfactsheet01
State and local government library employment/state and local table: http://www.census.gov/govs/apes/
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau