Thursday, April 9, 2009

Worlds connect at the library

April 12-18 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and library staff - and a perfect time to discover how “worlds connect @ 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 each April.

Fauquier County Public Library is celebrating National Library Week at all of its branches and has expanded its observance to include events and programs throughout the month. Offerings include stories, crafts and science experiments for children; free-play Wii days for children and teens and Wii sports for seniors; book art and poetry slams for teens; and history lectures, Internet classes, and genealogy research one-on-one sessions for adults.

“Every day libraries help make a difference in their communities,” says Library Director Maria Del Rosso. “At our library, we see people using library computers and the library’s Wi-Fi access to find jobs and learn new skills, and we see them borrowing books, magazines and DVDs to tackle how-to projects at home and to learn new ways to improve their health.”

Library services remain free to every citizen, providing equal opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds, Mrs. Del Rosso points out, and more than half of Fauquier County residents have a library card. The library provides resources and programs that seek to inform, educate, enrich, and entertain every member of our community, she adds.

“Our trained professionals help students do better in school by helping them with research projects and pointing them in the right direction to complete homework assignments,” she says, “and we light up the imaginations of our youngest patrons with story times and live theater programs. I firmly believe there is something for everyone at the library.”

Once you have your card, you can go to the library's Web site, create your personal account, and begin taking advantage of the special features mentioned above, all for free.

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