This week, Williams County Public Library with locations in Bryan, Edgerton, Edon, Pioneer, Stryker, and West Unity joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and by libraries across the country each April. “Unlimited Possibilities @ your library” is this year’s theme for National Library Week, April 12 through April 18, 2015.
WCPL serves Williams County by providing books, magazines, newspapers, movies, music, audio books, and digital books for all ages. WCPL also provides many services to the public including free computer and internet access, homebound services, and many special programs, among other things. “Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Jeff Yahraus, Library Director. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”
To celebrate National Library Week, all locations of WCPL will have an amnesty period from April 12 to April 18 when fines will be forgiven on overdue books. There will be some freebies given away at all locations. Special programs and fun activities will also take place at each WCPL location.
The Adult Department of the Main Library in Bryan will be having patrons fill out sticky notes with reasons why they love their library, which will then be posted. There will also be a “Teen Night Book Party” on Thursday, April 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. This program, for ages 10 to 15 years old, celebrates Teen Literature Day! Come talk about your favorite book and enjoy games, prizes, and fun! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Parental arrangements should be made prior to the program.
The Children’s Department in Bryan will also have themed programs each day of National Library Week. Monday, April 13 will be a “Make It and Take It” day. Drop in to make a craft to take home with you. Tuesday, April 14 is National Library Workers Day. Stop any Children’s Dept. worker and get clues for a scavenger hunt! On Wednesday, April 15 vote for your favorite book character at the library! Build with Legos on Thursday, April 16. Come with a friend and get your picture taken. Parents are encouraged to bring a phone or camera to take pictures, as there will be a photo op set up. On Friday, April 17 look for the 10 flowers hidden around the library. All Children’s Dept. programs during National Library Week will last all day. Stop in at any time to join the fun!
Edgerton Library will be having special prizes and giveaways during National Library Week along with regular programming. On Tuesday April 14 from 6:00 to 6:30 pm the library will hold “Toddler Time” which is a story time for kids ages 2 to 5 years old. Wednesday, April 15 a Lego Club for children in grades 3rd through 5th will be held from 3:15 to 4:15 pm. On Thursday, April 16 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm, kids of all ages can meet for the “Read-To-Me” program where students can enhance their reading skills by practicing reading out loud to an adult.
Edon Branch Library will have several contests along with their regular story hour schedule. There will be a Turning Jar Contest, a competition to see how many books you can pick up, a library-themed Lego contest, fun puzzle pages, prizes and book giveaways. The library will also be showing the movie “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” on Friday, April 17 at 3:00 pm. This movie is rated PG and children must be accompanied by a parent to attend this event. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
National Library Week at the Pioneer Branch Library will be celebrated by having giveaways through drawings. The library will also hold all of its’ regular programming with Tuesday Twisters on April 14 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm, Booktalkers on Wednesday, April 15 at 1:00 pm, Eaglets story time for toddlers on Thursday, April 16 at 11:00 am, and After-School Gaming on Friday, April 17 from 3:15 to 5:00 pm.
Stryker Branch Library will have giveaways, door prizes, and guessing jars. They will also have their usually scheduled story times throughout the week: Lego Club with 4th Graders on Monday, April 13 from 3:15 to 4:00 pm, Panther Kidz on Tuesday, April 14, from 3:15 to 4:00 pm; Read to Me on Wednesday, April 15, from 3:15 to 4:00 pm; and Panther Paws on Thursday, April 16, from 11:00 to 11:30 am.
West Unity Branch Library will celebrate National Library Week with fun games such as Library Trivia and I Spy in the Library along with prize drawings. Guessing jars will be also be available. The library will hold special programs starting on Monday, April 13 with the “Fancy Nancy Party.” Please register for this program as space is limited to 15 participants. On Tuesday, April 14 a “Family Fun Night Beach Party” will take place. Everyone is invited! On Thursday, April 16 there will be a “Make and Take Class on Easy Chocolate Recipes.” Please register at the library as this class is limited to 12 adult participants. All special programs will take place from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.
For more information, visit Williams County Public Library in Bryan at 107 E. High Street, call 419-636-6734 or see the library’s web site at www.mywcpl.org
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