National Library Week

National Library Week 2023 — April 23-29 — is celebrating with the theme “There’s More to the Story.” Libraries are full of stories in a variety of formats from picture books to large print, audiobooks to ebooks, and more.

But before we go any further, first a hat. It is a wonderful fascinator made from books. Vivian named it Dewey, after the Dewey Decimal System.

Dewey Hattingdon. ©Vivian J Grant.

Now, a few of the major contributions made by libraries to the benefit of mankind.

1. Libraries maintain history and truth

Since the ancient Roman Empire, libraries had a purpose to store different kinds of information, such as historical, literary, musical, military documents. Even though in the past 2,000 years many changes, and innovation have occurred, libraries have kept their main purpose to provide visitors with the information they are looking for and be certain about giving the truth. 

2. Libraries offer free educational resources

Public libraries play an important role in supporting education and literacy. They provide countless resources, such as educational materials, trainings, courses, scientific publications, etc. to visitors. Public libraries provide their services not only face-to-face, but some of them have also integrated e-learning. Furthermore, several published studies confirmed that public libraries had a tremendous importance in every community by providing various services for educational purposes.

3. Libraries help build communities

People come to libraries not only looking for information, but also, for finding themselves and their communities. Mothers join baby story-times clubs, elderly people attend events and find ways to connect with people. While teenagers meet up in libraries with their study groups for teambuilding or school projects and readers discuss current events in the periodical’s rooms.

Additionally, libraries serve as community centers for diverse populations by supporting non-English speakers to help them integrate into the community.

Furthermore, for artists and art enthusiasts, public libraries can provide a place to arrange exhibitions and to promote themselves. 

4. Libraries are transparent with the services they provide

Privacy is a growing concern in society these days. Data tracking systems that collect, compare and share information might affect consumers’ trust. However, all the services provided in public libraries are focused on consumers and not solely on revenue. That is why libraries do not track your reading history or which trainings you went to. It is simply not in the field of their interest.

    5. Libraries contribute to increasing economy

    Because libraries are free to use for patrons, not so many people consider the role they play in the economy. Public libraries provide access to information about business planning, market research and finance opportunities for entrepreneurs who are looking for spaces to network, conduct research, use technology, and arrange meetings. Even though job requirements are changing fast, it is possible to upskill the workforce without spending enormous amounts of money. Technology in libraries can be innovative, offering access to expensive tolls, training and skills that otherwise would not be available for everyone.

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    “A Hatful of Smiles”

    Queen Anne

    Hello, and welcome. We have a brand new design, and amazingly, we have this new design on your favourite products already.

    There is something brand new too — playing cards! How cool is that? Let’s go!

    The Design

    The Anne design features a gold crown with interior caps in royal purple, crimson red or military blue.

    We have Anne t-shirts, tote bags and mugs, plus something brand new . . . playing cards. Click on the images below to shop. Let us know if you need assistance in any way.


    • Mugs

    Anne Crown Mug in Red

    Anne Crown Mug in Purple

    Anne Crown Mug in Blue

    • Tees

    Anne Crown in Red — Clothing

    • Greeting Cards

    • Trio Totes

    Purple/Red/Blue or Purple/Red/Green. By special request.

    • Playing Cards

    How fun is this?

    Anne Crown Playing Cards in Red

    Thank you for stopping by. If we missed anything, let us know.

    Updated 04/26/23 5:03 pm.

    Shop CeeCee Trio Mug

    This super fun design features a charming trio of CeeCee Hattingdon cartoon horses in yellow, red and blue. Inspired by the 60s, this hat has a tall, rounded dome and slim brim. Vivian’s distinctive horseshoe logo on the front completes the look.

    From the Hattingdon Horses Collection. Cartoon Horses with Hat-titude! ©Vivian J Grant. All rights reserved.

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    Lacey Classic

    Good morning, and happy Monday.

    It is a bit chilly and gray where we are. Regardless if it is rain or shine, here is a classic hat to brighten every day. Vivian named the hat Lacey.

    Lacey Hattingdon.

    Color Matters writes:

    “Yellow is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum. It’s the color that captures our attention more than any other color.

    It’s the color of happiness, and optimism, of enlightenment and creativity, sunshine and spring.”

    See you again soon.

    Hattingdon Logo H in her signature brown.


    First there was Curtis. Then there was Harper. And just before the arrival of the classic hat silhouette, there was Etienne.

    Vivian decided to freshen up the Etienne hat . . . . just a little. It looks terrific, doesn’t it? There is something about the combination of red, white and blue.


    Well. What do you think? Oh, the name Etienne is, “A French variant of the Greek name Stephen meaning ‘garland, crown’.”

    We love you and wish you a “hatful of smiles”. Stop by again soon. — Hattingdon.

    Hattingdon & Co artwork.

    Alys updated

    Hello, and welcome.

    We decided to update the Alys hat. Here she is.

    Alys Butterfly Fascinator Updated 23.

    We hope this sweet hat cheers you, and brings you a “hatful of smiles”.

    Butterfly Fact

    Did you know . . . butterflies taste with their feet?

    Open quote in Hattingdon brown.

    Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet to help them find their host plants and locate food. A female butterfly lands on different plants, drumming the leaves with her feet until the plant releases its juices. Spines on the back of her legs have chemoreceptors that detect the right match of plant chemicals. When she identifies the right plant, she lays her eggs. A butterfly of any biological sex will also step on its food, using organs that sense dissolved sugars to taste food sources like fermenting fruit.”

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