Celebrate National Library Week locally April 8-14
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.