Join the Bruce C. Clarke Library in celebrating National Library Week Sunday through April 14.
Libraries across the country will be celebrating and reflecting on this year’s theme, “Libraries Lead.” Today’s libraries lead their communities and transform lives daily. From education, to job resources, to lifelong learning, your library provides access to the programming and services you need to reach your potential and grow as a leader.
Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies.
By providing such resources as e-books and technology, materials for English-language learners, programs for all ages or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.
Libraries also 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:
From Sunday to April 12, have fun with a National Library Week Scavenger Hunt. Join us in the Bruce C. Clarke Community Room for different daily movies at 3 p.m. with events and activities from 5 to 6 p.m. Attending the events provides clues for the scavenger hunt. Complete the entire hunt by the end of April to win a prize! All ages are welcome! Youth must be 13 years old or older to attend without an adult
Tuesday is National Library Workers’ Day. It’s a day set aside to recognize the contributions made by all library staff. Clarke Library supervisors will be hosting a luncheon for library staff that day.
From 1 to 3 p.m. April 12, patrons are invited to have cookies and punch which will be served on both floors of the library. At 5 p.m. the library will welcome graphic novel author Michael Frizell for the culmination of National Library Week activities. Frizell, of Springfield, Missouri, is the author of a gripping graphic novel series called “Bender,” based on the Kansas family of serial killers–the “Bloody Benders”— in the 1870s. He will be discussing his series. All ages are welcome but children must be 13 or over to attend without an adult.
The staff would like to invite anyone in the community to post on the Fort Leonard Wood MWR Facebook page, www.facebook.com/mwr.ftwood, how a library led them to something of value in their lives and especially anything about the Bruce C. Clarke Library. You may also like to take part in the MWR Passport promotion by taking pictures of yourself and family enjoying the library and post those pictures to MWR Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #FLWMWR-PASSPORT.
(Editor’s note: Waybright is the Bruce C. Clarke Library chief of community services.)