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Next week, Ray County Library will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities across the country to celebrate National Library Week, April 13-19. The week was established to draw attention to the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
This year’s event is being called “Communities Matter @ Your Library.”
Assistant Director Rochelle McCaulley said a number of special events will be held at Ray County’s library to mark National Library Week.
According to a press release announcing the event, “Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the hearts 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 eBooks and technology classes, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond, according to Ray County Library Director Steve Meyer.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” Meyer said. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”
Ray County Library will celebrate National Library Week by sponsoring several events and activities during the week including a poster contest for children pre-school through sixth grade, daily book drawings for children and adults, jelly bean jar guess for children and adults (with gift cards as prizes), library book bag drawing, and morning refreshments and snacks each day in the community room, McCaulley said.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.
For more information, visit Ray County Library at 215 E. Lexington St. in Richmond, call 816-776-5104 or 5102 or visit the library’s Web site at www.raycountylibrary.homestead.com