National Library Week has been celebrated in libraries across the United State since 1958. It is sponsored by the American Library Association as a time to recognize our nation's libraries and to appreciate their contributions to communities. This year National Library Week takes place from April 11-17.
In 1958 the theme for the week was "Wake Up and Read." If we were to do a similar one today, I would suggest "Wake Up and Use Your Library." Libraries have become so much more than storehouses for books. Anyone who does not realize that is missing out. Tax dollars from all of us pay for the resources held in a library so take advantage of it!
For example, you can check out six movies for a week. If they come back on time with no late fees, you have not invested any money in watching them. You can stop in and take a look at the latest magazines, read the daily newspapers and use our computers. We have almost 1,000 books on audio cd and we also check out jigsaw puzzles. There are free entertainment programs for children and some interesting groups for adults. And if you ask nicely, I might even make you a cup of coffee.
To kick off National Library Week this year we will host the chamber coffee on Friday, April 9. During the week we will give away a canvas library tote bag every day from Monday, April 12 through Saturday, April 17. Each person can register once a day but you can only win one time. The children's department will celebrate with guest readers, popcorn and fun activities after school Monday through Thursday at 3:45 p.m.
A special treat will be a slide show from the Cherokee Area Archives, another wonderful resource located in the library. It will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 with a repeat performance at 6:30 p.m. Mark your calendar and come watch a little piece of Cherokee history.
There are many people who have a deep love for the Cherokee Public Library. Some are in and out every day. There are others who have never been in the new addition. I say new with a grin because it is now almost 12 years old. National Library Week would be a great time to remedy that by coming in and taking a look around. A different experience never hurts anyone and being in a library is one of best!
Come see what we have to offer. Open hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. ñ 8 p.m., Tuesday and Friday 10 a.m. ñ 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. ñ 2 p.m.