Cel­e­brate Na­tional Li­brary Week lo­cally April 8-14

The Kent Island Bay Times - - School -

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Next week, Queen Anne’s County Li­brary joins li­braries na­tion­wide in cel­e­brat­ing the many ways li­braries lead their com­mu­ni­ties through the trans­for­ma­tive ser­vices, pro­grams and ex­per­tise they of­fer.

April 8-14 is Na­tional Li­brary Week, an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of the life-chang­ing work of li­braries, li­brar­i­ans and li­brary work­ers. Li­braries aren’t just places to bor­row books or study — they’re also cre­ative and en­gag­ing com­mu­nity cen­ters where peo­ple can col­lab­o­rate us­ing new tech­nolo­gies and de­velop their skills and pas­sions.

Li­braries of all types have long been evolv­ing to meet the needs of the com­mu­ni­ties they serve. Di­verse groups in­clud­ing elected of­fi­cials, small busi­ness own­ers and stu­dents de­pend upon li­braries and the re­sources they of­fer. E-books, tech­nol­ogy classes, and re­sources for job seek­ers are just a few ways li­braries and li­brar­i­ans are trans­form­ing to lead their com­mu­ni­ties. Com­mu­nity mem­bers can also de­velop their own lead­er­ship skills at the li­brary, with end­less op­por­tu­nity to build skills and con­fi­dence through re­sources and pro­gram­ming.

Queen Anne’s County helps lead the com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing meet­ing space for about 40 groups per week, lead­ing over 450 ed­u­ca­tional events for youth per year, pro­vid­ing ac­cess to wifi and print­ing, and part­ner­ing with lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions to pro­vide health screen­ings, vet­eran ser­vices, and the fam­ily law clinic.

Queen Anne’s County Li­brary is cel­e­brat­ing Na­tional Li­brary Week with a con­tin­u­a­tion of early lit­er­acy, tech­nol­ogy, art, and gar­den­ing events along with book dis­cus­sions and a visit from au­thor Robert Bidinotto. A full cal­en­dar of events can be found in the branches or on­line at www. cal­en­dar.qa­cli­brar y.org.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Kent Is­land Branch will host a Com­mu­nity Q&A on Mon­day, April 9, at 7 p.m. to an­swer ques­tions about the ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion project. The con­cep­tual plan draw­ing will be avail­able along with in­for­ma­tion about costs and time­line. Vis­i­tors are wel­come to stop by any­time dur­ing the hour to meet in­for­mally with li­brary staff and trustees.

Through­out the week, the li­brary will of­fer give­aways fea­tur­ing its new logo and duck mas­cot and the launch of the Choose Ci­vil­ity ini­tia­tive (more at www.QACChooseCi­vil­ity.org).

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary’s Cen­tre­ville Branch at 121 S. Com­merce Street or Kent Is­land Branch at 200 Li­brary Cir­cle in Stevensville, call 410758-0980 or 410-643-8161, or visit the li­brary’s web­site at www.qa­cli­brary.org. Li­brary hours are Mon­dayThurs­day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri­day and Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun­day from 1 to 4 p.m.

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