To the Editor:
Next week, the Yorkville Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.
April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study – they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.
Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.
The library helps lead our community by advocating for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning. Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life.
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.
During this week, we will have many different programs and activities planned to help us celebrate. Monday night we will be honoring our board members and Friends of the Library members for their outstanding time, effort, and service to the library.
On Wednesday, we will be recognizing our dedicated and hardworking staff with a luncheon. Thursday at the Library will be Patron Appreciation Day with refreshments being served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information about programs and activities, visit the Yorkville Public Library at 902 Game Farm Road in Yorkville, call 630-553-4354 or see the library’s website at yorkville.lib.il.us.
Director of Adult Services, Yorkville Public Library