National Library Week 2017
National Library Week will be observed April 9-15, 2017 with the theme, “Libraries Change Lives and Communities.” First Sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It’s a time to highlight the changing roles of libraries and librarians. Libraries aren’t just a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people often collaborate using new technologies.
Libraries of all types are types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. By providing such resources as e-books and offering classes and informative programming, libraries and librarians transform their communities. Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society.
Each of the three libraries serving Bandera County and its’ residents and visitors plan special activities to celebrate National Library Week. At the Bandera public Library, Director Mike Garr announces an Amnesty Week on all overdue materials, books, DVD’s, etc. All will be forgiven, if you just return the materials. Some materials have been missing for years and the goal is to return them to circulation so other patrons can enjoy them too. Storytime on Tuesday, April 11th from 1030-11-30 will culminate in an Easter Egg Hunt and on Thursday, April 13th, the Bandera Library will serve cake during the day to celebrate the special week.
At the Medina Community Library, Director Mary Ellen Lindstrom announces that the library has just become a demonstration sight for the Talking Book Program through the Texas State Library and anyone interested can find out how it works and receive applications on site. Tuesday, April 11th will be “Nibble, Browse & Munch” day. Come have a snack on us while looking for your next favorite book or movie. Do you have a Texas Patriot in your family tree? Thursday, April 13th is Free Texas Lineage Day. Come and see what the library and the DRT can do to help you trace your lineage.
Meanwhile, Director Dianna Landes of the Lakehills Area Library plans to celebrate the library and the wonderful patrons we have by giving out library book bags to patrons who check out books during National Library Week (while supplies last). Also, we invite interested parents to join us for a library tour, to learn about what we can offer you and your young readers and students, at 10 am on Wednesday April 12th. Our regular story time and craft session for preschoolers will follow. We will also be serving refreshments throughout the week made from recipes found in our library cookbook collection. Please join us in celebrating all libraries!!!
Make plans to stop in at one or all three of the libraries in the County to help celebrate National Library Week. After all, libraries exist to serve you.