Next week, the Letcher County Public Libraries join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 13-19, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, 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.
Libraries work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities’ needs are meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers of 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 computers, classes, databases, resources, e-books, genealogy, conference rooms, and programs for children and adults.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Lina 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 our community.”
The Letcher County Public Libraries will celebrate National Library Week by observing amnesty month, and a coloring and narrative/ flyer contest. At the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg, there will be a photographic exhibit by Mitch Caudill and a reception on April 15 at 3 p.m., and a quilt exhibit. Those who would like to display their quilts can drop off their quilts at the library this month. A pancake breakfast and picture taking with Destin Kincer, Miss Kentucky 2014 will be held on Wednesday, April 16, and on April 17 classes on how to download e-books will take place.
In Fleming-Neon, there will be free doughnuts and coffee, movies, and Easter hunts.
The Blackey Public Library will host a “Diversity in the Mountains” on April 14 at 6 p.m. by the Oral History Group. If you have a story about your heritage, come and share.
First sponsored 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 Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg, 633- 7547; Blackey Public Library, 633-4013; Fleming-Neon Public Library, 855- 7913; Jenkins Public Library, 832-4101; or the library’s web site at www.lcld.org.nd.