The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, 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, 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 respond.
On April 16, the library will offer a free class for the public on how to use the new online catalog with all of its personalized features. The class starts at noon in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing.
There is no cost to attend and brown bag lunches are welcome.
National Library Week is celebrated April 13-19. The theme is "Lives Change @ Your Library," with honorary chair Judy Blume.
"Service to the community has always been the focus of the library," said Melissa Rowse, assistant director of the library, who also is the presenter of the catalog workshop.
"While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community."
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.
The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.