Dis­cover pro­grams, re­sources at Kutztown Li­brary dur­ing Na­tional Li­brary Week

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - RELIGION - By Ash­leigh Hughes Kutztown Com­mu­nity Li­brary

Na­tional Li­brary Week April 8 to 14 is a cel­e­bra­tion to high­light changes within the li­brary, pro­mote new pro­grams and projects, and ad­vo­cate read­ing. The 2018 Cel­e­bra­tion marks the 60th an­niver­sary pro­mot­ing the theme “Li­braries Lead”.

The cel­e­bra­tion was es­tab­lished in 1958 to en­cour­age more peo­ple to read. At the time re­search showed that peo­ple were spend­ing more money on ra­dios, tele­vi­sions, and mu­si­cal in­stru­ments rather than on books. As a re­sult of these find­ings, a committee was formed to de­sign ways to en­cour­age peo­ple to visit the li­brary and read more.

The committee wants to show that the li­brary is an ex­cit­ing place that ap­peals to ev­ery­one. By cel­e­brat­ing all the li­brary of­fers, it en­cour­ages more peo­ple to uti­lize it’s re­sources and do­nate to their lo­cal li­brary.

This year Misty Copeland, a New York Times Best-Sell­ing Author with her new­est book “Bal­le­rina Body” re­leased in March 2017, serves as Na­tional Li­brary Week Hon­orary Chair. Copeland is the first African Amer­i­can woman to be pro­moted to the prin­ci­pal dancer at the Amer­i­can Bal­let Theatre. Copeland says, “Dis­cover your pas­sions and achieve your goals at the li­brary.”

This week of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover many dif­fer­ent pro­grams and re­sources the Kutztown Com­mu­nity Li­brary has to of­fer along with books.

Young chil­dren and care­givers join the adventure of Story Time with Miss Tay­lor, Tunes and Tots with Miss La­cie, and play at Wig­gly Wed­nes­day.

Ele­men­tary age stu­dents build with LEGO Crew and cre­ate with Art Cats. Mid­dle and high school stu­dents make friends at Teen Tues­day and join the lat­est book dis­cus­sion at the Teen Read­ing Lounge. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to en­joy all things Poké­mon at the matches held on Mon­day nights.

Adults can find a new read with the Cover-to-Cover Book Dis­cus­sion Group, stitch with Com­mu­nity Threads, and get in­no­va­tive at Craft Night.

Through all the dif­fer­ent pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties, one should re­mem­ber why li­braries ex­ist. Peo­ple of all ages can bor­row best-sell­ing books, au­dio books, and DVDS to bring home and en­joy with the whole fam­ily. They can con­nect with the world through the In­ter­net. The li­brary is here to al­low ac­cess to read­ing to any­one and ev­ery­one.

Na­tion­ally, cel­e­bra­tions will be held for Li­brary Work­ers Day, Book­mo­bile Day, and Take Ac­tion for Li­braries Day. April 10 is Li­brary Work­ers Day, so stop by Li­brary and thank your fa­vorite li­brar­ian.

The Kutztown Com­mu­nity Li­brary is look­ing to cel­e­brate with the com­mu­nity all it has con­trib­uted and of­fers. From en­cour­ag­ing lit­er­acy to help­ing young chil­dren learn, the li­brary wants to show off its best dur­ing the week of April 8.

Let KCL know where the li­brary led you by com­ment­ing on their Face­book post us­ing# Na­tional Li­brary Week and# Li­braries Lead.

The Kutztown Com­mu­nity Li­brary is lo­cated at 70 Bieber Al­ley, Kutztown. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 610683-5820.

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Cel­e­brate Na­tional Li­brary Week and every­thing that Kutztown Com­mu­nity Li­brary of­fers, in­clud­ing Wig­gling Wed­nes­days with Miss Tay­lor.

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