Libraries can transform lives and communities. That is the message being spread this week as libraries across the country observe National Library Week.
Each year, National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and library workers, and to promote library use. The theme this year is “Libraries Transform.”
The week is important because libraries can change lives and level the playing field, according to Janelle Thomas, director of the Swanton Public Library.
“We bridge digital divides, economic divides, and educational divides,” she said. “National Library Week is a time to spread the word about the sundry services libraries provide. We are places where communities unite.”
A variety of services are offered by area libraries, in addition to the book collections. They include e-books, academic databases for research projects, community programs like the Summer Reading Program, book discussions, Teen Advisory Groups, and much more.
“There is truly something for everyone at the library,” said Amy Murphy, director of the Wauseon Public Library.
There are even some services that frequent visitors to the library may not be aware of. In fact, visiting an area library in person is not necessary to take advantage of some services.
“We offer digital resources including a huge selection of e-books, our entire collection of The Swanton Enterprise and collection of Swanton High School yearbooks,” said Thomas.
Homebound delivery programs are also available at county libraries.
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. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.
“National Library Week also offers libraries a chance to say thank you to our patrons and communities,” said Murphy. “This year, the Wauseon Public Library will be hosting a Patron Appreciation Day on Friday, April 15. Stop by the library, and enjoy cookies and coffee from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thank you for supporting and caring about your library!”
Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010