This week, the Letcher County Public Libraries join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 14-20, a time to highlight the values of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities’ needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
The Letcher County Public Libraries serve Letcher County by providing free computer classes, children and adult programs, outreach services, e-books, interlibrary loans, genealogy, databases, books, movies, CD’s, meeting rooms and reference service to the community.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Angelina Tidal, Director of Libraries. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”
The Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library and the branches, Neon, Blackey and Jenkins Public Libraries, are celebrating National Library Week by observing a whole month of amnesty program, in which all fines and lost fees are being waived; a “Review Your Book” event, in which any patron may submit a book or movie review and receive a prize; and a raffle contest for a $25 gift card from Walmart. Patrons may visit any library and receive a free book or take advantage of book sales.
First designated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.
For more information, visit the main library in Whitesburg and any or the branches, call (606) 633- 7547, or visit the libraries’ website at www.lcld.org.