By Joyce Waybright
Special to GUIDON
Join the Bruce C. Clarke Library from April 7 to 13 in celebrating National Library Week.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association each April.
Libraries all across the country will be celebrating and reflecting on this year’s theme, “Libraries = Strong Communities.” Today’s libraries lead their communities and transform lives every day. From education to job resources to lifelong learning, your library provides access to the programming and services you need to reach your potential while creating stronger communities.
Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, or ask a librarian for research help after doing an online search.
The Clarke Library can provide access to over 100,000 eBooks in addition to the more than 175,000 volumes inside the library, which also includes over 25,000 audio-books, DVDs and video games for checkout. Access is also available to over 70 database resources.
Libraries offer something unique to their communities — the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society.
This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.
The Bruce C. Clarke Community Services has scheduled several events for patrons to help celebrate National Library Week:
On Monday, patrons and employees can come to Bruce C. Clark Library wearing their pajamas. Come in and relax with your favorite book while lounging around in something comfortable.
Tuesday is National Library Workers’ Day. It’s a day set aside to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library staff. Clarke Library supervisors will be hosting a luncheon for library staff and The Children’s Library will have story time at 10:30 am.
There will be free popcorn for patrons from 12 to 3 p.m. Employees will wear their library shirts. Story time is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
On April 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., patrons are invited to cookies and punch which will be served on both floors of the library.
Patrons are encourages to post on the Fort Leonard Wood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Facebook page how a library led them to something of value in their life — especially anything about the Clarke Library.
(Editor’s note: Waybright is the Bruce C. Clarke Library’s chief of community services)