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April 15, 2008
Julie Andrews kicks off National Library Week in
Academy Award-winning actress, author and honorary chair of National Library Week (April 13-19), Julie Andrews kicked off the 50th anniversary of National Library Week in
Andrews spoke about National Library Week and the value of libraries and librarians before an audience gathered at ArcLight Cinema in
“I’m very proud to be honorary chair of National Library Week to remind people that libraries are places of opportunity, places where everyone can come together – regardless of age, race or income. Libraries are truly part of the American dream,” said Andrews.
In addition to Sunday’s remarks, Andrews has lent her image to a print public service announcement (PSA). To date, the PSA has been placed by
Andrews’ success has spanned stage, screen and television, earning her such honors as an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 1964 for “Mary Poppins” and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
Andrews published her first children’s book, “Mandy,” in 1971. She and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, have published a series of children’s books, including “The Great American Mousical,” published in 2006 by HarperCollins.
Her latest book, “Home: A Memoir of My Early Years,” was released by Hyperion this month and is currently number two on The New York Times best-seller list for hardcover nonfiction.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by