National Library Week showcases local offerings


Featuring an abundance of resources readily available to patrons of any age or interest, Logan County Libraries epitomize the 2019 National Library Week theme that libraries contribute greatly to strong communities.

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Derek Redden, an eight-year employee of the Logan County libraries, files away literature Thursday at the Knowlton Library, 220 N. Main St. Logan County libraries are among libraries nationwide celebrating National Library Week this week, which concludes Saturday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

“National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support,” according to information from the American Library Association, which sponsors the initiative.

“From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.”

National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958, and is observed in libraries across the country each April. National Library Week this year began Sunday, April 7, and continues through Saturday.

Like many other public libraries, the Logan County Library system offers more than just books — but also year-round online resources, training opportunities, patron fellowship and children’s programming.

Regular children’s story times are offered not just at the Knowlton Library, but at local branches throughout the county.

Special events and classes geared for families and kids are also regularly staged at Knowlton Library, including an “Awesome Earth Day Imagination Academy” from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 22.

In addition to the Knowlton Library, local branches maintain regular hours in DeGraff, Lakeview, Rushsylvania, West Liberty and West Mansfield.

Independent libraries are also open in Belle Center and Zanesfield.

The official theme for National Library Week is Libraries = Strong Communities and the American Library Association offers a variety of national statistics to support its claim.

“In many areas, the library is the only place that is truly accessible and inclusive for all,” according to an annual ALA report. “Libraries of all types worked diligently on programming to ensure that people of all types felt welcome and recognized.”

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