By Tina Chaney
Special to GUIDON
The Bruce C. Clarke Library is celebrating National Love Your Library Month. To celebrate, the library staff is putting up fun, interactive displays and hosting multiple events for patrons of all ages to enjoy:
— The Love Your Library display will give patrons the opportunity to share what they love about their library by writing on a paper heart and adding it to the display. There will also be bookmarks and candy guessing games. When visiting the library, stop by the table for free treats.
— On the Blind Date With a Book display, all the books are wrapped with vague descriptions of what is found inside. Patrons are encouraged to find a book that seems interesting and check it out blindly. Feel free to give some feedback on the book with a book review page.
— The Authors’ Birthdays display will host books written by authors who have birthdays this month: Friday is Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday, Saturday is John Grisham’s and Wednesday is Judy Blume’s.
— The final display is located in the media center and it will host movies featuring librarian characters.
— All children are encouraged to take a coloring sheet and create a winning picture to be hung on the children’s room wall. Most will be handed out at story time, but kids can ask for one at the front desk. The winners will be announced at the end of the month.
— A PG-13 movie will be shown in the community room at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Feb. 13.
— A secret book swap is being held at 4 p.m. Feb. 13 in the main lobby. Patrons of all ages are welcome, and those who want to participate just need to bring in a book from their age level that is in fair condition. The staff will then wrap the books with clues to what the book could be about and the swapping game can begin.
— The staff will participate in a cookie baking contest. Patrons will be the judges and can come vote from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 20. Stick around after for S.T.E.A.M. Lab at 4 p.m.
— The next S.T.E.AM. Lab will be Feb. 20, and the staff will create a western theme. In this lab, the patrons will participate in old western activities and learn about the sciences in a totally new environment. Children and patrons are encouraged to dress up in their best western attire and come join the fun. S.T.E.A.M. Lab is held at 4 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. This is a self-paced activity for children of all ages, including teens. Patrons in this area will be free to explore, create and grow academically.
— The library will have story time on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Each story time will feature themes like the love of animals, family, the Earth or others.
The library is also celebrating Black History Month. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 2020 theme for Black History Month is “African Americans and the Vote.”
According to the association’s website, the year 2020 marks the sequincentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment, which allowed African American men the right to vote. To learn more, visit https://asalh.org/black-history-themes/.
(Editor’s note: Chaney is the supervisor librarian at Clarke Library.)