A week dedicated to raising the profile of libraries and information service professionals kicks off across the Clarence Valley on May 21.
National Library and Information Week showcases the many and varied resources and services that libraries provide to the community.
Mayor Richie Williamson said there was no doubting the vital role reading, literacy and libraries played in a community.
"Libraries are about much more than just books," he said. "Magazines, audio books, eBooks, eAudio Books, databases and activities to improve social connectivity, literacy and lifestyle are the core elements of our library services."
Clarence Valley Council libraries will celebrate the week with a range of activities, including announcing the winners of the Clarence Regional Library photo competition. Entries are displayed at www.crl.nsw.gov.au and at the Studio Gallery in the Grafton Regional Gallery.
Grafton Library will also host a Biggest Morning Tea from 10am-4pm on Thursday May 24.
All CVC libraries will take part in this year's National Simultaneous Storytime event.
On Wednesday May 23 from 11am, Grafton, Iluka and Yamba libraries will join organisations from Broome to Hobart, reading the picture book The Very Cranky Bear to more than 170,000 children across Australia. Maclean Library will host the event on Thursday May 24 from 11am.
The Very Cranky Bear is written by Nick Bland and published by Scholastic Australia.
"Now in its 12th successful year, National Simultaneous Storytime 2012 celebrates and acknowledges the vital work being done in libraries, schools and communities around Australia to develop young people's literacy and numeracy skills," the mayor said.