Mayor Robert Smith takes a look around the Margaret Latimer Buckley Memorial Room at the Columbus Public Library during a tour offered to local officials to celebrate National Library Week on Monday morning. Photo by: Mary Alice Weeks/Dispatch Staff
April 15, 2014 11:17:20 AM
The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week this week through April 19.
Library officials say today's libraries 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 they respond.
Libraries within the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System serve the communities in Lowndes County by providing access to print and e-books, story times for children, free classes, and much more.
"National Library Week is an important week for us at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System," said Columbus Library Director Erin Stringer. "While we always work hard to promote our services and the use of libraries, it is during National Library Week that we come together with all types of libraries, such as school, academic and specialized libraries across the nation to promote library use and support on all levels."
On Wednesday, the Friends of the Library host a lunchtime Table Talk with The Librarians Nightstand at noon. Bring a lunch and eat with the Friends at 11:30 a.m.
Mother Goose will have a special Easter Story Time on Thursday at 10 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the library hosts a special Autism Resource Center event. Jade Burrell will be at the library at 10:30 a.m. to discuss benefits of music therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This will be an interactive session, and parents are encouraged to bring their children. There will also be an Artisan Fair, beginning at 1 p.m. for ages 12 to 18, featuring Grassroots Natural Candles, Mississippi State University Aerospace Engineers, MSU Apparel and Merchandising, MSU Chemists and many more.
For more information, visit the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System's website at lowndeslibrary.org or call 662-329-5300.