by Jeanette Stottrup, President of Friends of the Litchfield Public Library
The Friends of the Litchfield Public Library would like to call attention to National Library Week which will be observed April 12-18, 2015, with the theme, Unlimited possibilities @ your library®. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country, generally the second week each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special libraries - participate.
Celebrations during National Library Week include National Library Workers Day, celebrated the Tuesday of National Library Week, a day to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. The Friends of the Library will have an open house in honor of the library staff from 1-4 pm on the 14th in the library meeting room. We invite the public to become acquainted with our staff, whose pictures and short bios will be available. Friends members will be on hand to serve refreshments. Information on joining the Friends group will also be available.
It takes a team effort and many hands to keep the library materials organized and available for checkout. Other hands are working to bring together programs to promote information and recreation for different segments of our community. There are others who help individuals locate materials and information. This team effort is expanded as all the libraries in the Pioneerland Library System work together to share their collections across our nine counties. Added to that is an electronic network of catalogs that tap the library resources of the whole state through MnLink. Truly many dedicated and diverse workers are involved in providing our community with library services.
To close out National Library Week, the Litchfield Library and Friends will have a table at the Business and Community Showcase being held at the Civic Arena on Saturday, April 18th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. What better way to celebrate National Library Week than to represent our library at this community event? Stop by our table, pick up some informational material, and register for a door prize.
This third Saturday of the month, April 18th, is also a book sale day from the library’s opening at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Library with the able help of the Litchfield Women’s Study Club who have been manning the cashier table for a good number of years now. We appreciate their service and dedication. Sale items are organized by author for fiction items and subject area for nonfiction items for easy access.
The Friends of the Litchfield Library support its efforts in making recreational and informational materials and programming available. Our Litchfield library staff is committed to serving our community. An American Library Association report states that 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the community. I’m sure that our community will agree with that assessment. The Friends are looking forward to seeing you at our open house the afternoon of the 14th.