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Mississippi Libraries Strengthen Their Communities: Celebrate National Library Week

April 7-13

Mississippi libraries are joining libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise.

Join us during National Library Week, April 7-13, 2019, as we highlight the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They provide valuable services every day as well has serving a role as public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.

Library programs encourage community members to meet to discuss civic issues, work together using new technologies, and to learn alongside one another in classes and programs. Library staff also partner with other civic and service organizations to actively engage with the people they serve, always striving to make sure their community’s core needs are being met.

Governor Phil Bryant has issued a Proclamation, declaring April 7-13 as National Library Week in Mississippi. Governor Bryant encourages all residents to “visit the library this week and explore what’s new at your library and engage with your librarian.”

“Libraries in Mississippi are the cornerstones of democracy, promoting the free exchange of information and ideas for all,” said David Brown, Chair of the Mississippi Library Association’s National Library Week committee. “They also foster civic engagement by keeping people informed and aware of community events and issues.”

NERL Director Dee Hare agrees.  “Each and every day, our public libraries offer our communities much needed free services such as free public access computers and wireless connections, books and movies that are available to be checked out at no charge and informational programs that help you learn new skills as well as provide entertainment for the whole family,” she says.

Special National Library Week programs from the Northeast Regional Library system include a Resume Building workshop and Movie Night at the George E. Allen library in Booneville and a Water Safety program presented by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Corinth library.  Several library branches, including the ones at Baldwyn, Burnsville and Corinth are planning visits from Community Helpers in their area, including members of local police departments, fire departments and emergency medical technicians.  These community members will be telling about their valuable work as well as bringing their interesting work vehicles for children to see.  Additionally, the Burnsville library will present programs by representatives from the U. S. Postal Service and the First American National Bank.

Special children’s story times this week include a Groovy Pete the Cat Story Time at the Booneville library, an Easter Egg Hunt and Story Hour at the Baldwyn library, both a Craft Story Time and a Sensory Friendly Story Time at the Corinth Library and a Stuffed Animal Story Time and Sleepover at the Iuka Library.  For this special event, children are encouraged to bring their fluffy stuffed friends with them to Story Time and then leave their stuffed friends to spend the night.  Beginning at 11:00 the next day, children will be able to pick up their stuffed friends and receive a photo showing what their little friends got up to during the night at the library.

Several library branches will sponsor Open Houses with refreshments in a variety of forms and many will be giving away door prizes throughout the week.  The Iuka Library will have two – one for current and former library staff and volunteers and one for everyone in their community who helps to keep the library running.  In addition, many of the Friends of the Library groups associated with each branch will be sponsoring special book sales during this week.

And remember, as always, all library programs are free and open to the public.

In honor of this year’s NLW theme, Libraries = Strong Communities, many of our library staff will be going outside their library doors on Listening Tours in order to make contacts with members of their communities by visiting various places around town.  They will be visiting local nursing homes, schools, city and county offices and police and fire departments to introduce themselves to their communities.

To find out what’s happening at all of our branches, check out our full listing of daily activities below.

Daily Activities are listed below

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.


ALL WEEK EVENTS

WHEN
WHERE
WHAT
All Week April 8-13
Booneville  Library
The Art of Audri Garvin on display, recipient of the North MS Art Association Scholarship and 2nd year art major at NEMCC
Enter daily for door prizes to be given away on Monday, April 15 at 9:00 a.m.
All Week April 8-13
Iuka Library
Art exhibit featuring works by local artists

 


Monday, April 8

WHEN
WHERE
WHAT
All day
Booneville Library
Free Book Bags while supplies last
All day
Burnsville Library
Giveaways throughout the day
All day
Iuka Library
Enter for a raffle to win an oil painting by certified Bob Ross Instructor Deanna Washington Gregory.  Winner will be drawn at 6:00 p.m.
10 – 4
Burnsville Library
Storytimes throughout the day with volunteer Ginny Breon
10 – 5
Tishomingo Library
Friends of the Library Children’s Book Sale
11 – 1
Belmont Library
Patron Appreciation Day with refreshments
2 – 4
Booneville Library
Resume Building with Tammie Hardin, retired Human Resources manager
2 – 5
Baldwyn Library
First Responders = Strong Communities
Visits from representatives from the Police Dept., Fire Dept. and EMT Services with their work vehicles
2 – 5
Booneville Library
Meet the Artist with Audri Garvin

 


Tuesday, April 9

WHEN
WHERE
WHAT
All day
Iuka Library
Library Worker’s Appreciation Day:  All current and former library staff and volunteers are invited to drop by for refreshments and reminiscing with photographs, scrapbooks and other memorabilia.
12 – 5
Blue Mountain Library
Patron Appreciation Day with coffee & donuts
1 – 2
Burnsville Library
Jennifer South will demonstrate how to use library resources to turn a hobby into a home-based business. Jennifer will also provide samples of her own home baked goods.
2:00
Corinth Library
Visit by Corinth Police Department with their patrol cars
4:00
Booneville Library
GROOVY Pete the Cat Storytime

 


Wednesday, April 10

WHEN
WHERE
WHAT
All day
Ripley & Walnut Libraries
Computer and Information Services Day – Visitors to the Walnut library will see a demonstration of new services at the library such as ABC Mouse and wireless printing, view newly arrived LSTA materials and have a discussion about the upcoming library software change.
10 – 11 am
Burnsville Library
Visit by a volunteer fireman with his firetruck
10 – 5
Tishomingo Library
Friends of the Library Children’s Book Sale
2 – 4
Booneville Library
A look into the George E. Allen collection and history of the library
2:00
Corinth Library
 Water Safety Program with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers

 


Thursday, April 11

WHEN
WHERE
WHAT
All day
Iuka & Ripley Libraries
Partner Appreciation Day:  Complimentary coffee and Ripley snacks to everyone in town who keeps things running smoothly at the library – City Hall, TCEPA and public works  employees, members of the Board of Aldermen and County Board of Supervisors, postal carriers, those in law enforcement and the fire service as well as all volunteers and members of the communities’ clubs and civic groups.
10:00 am
Booneville Library
Craft demonstrations with Librarian Leigh 
10:00 am
Corinth Library
Pre-School Storytime and Crafts with Teresa 
1:30 – 2:30
Burnsville Library
U.S. Postal Worker Rhonda Hickox will talk about the various services the USPS offers plus additional giveaways from the library
2:00
Booneville Library
Craft demonstrations with Librarian Leigh Hood
2:00
Corinth Library
Read Aloud with the Librarian – Cody Daniel will read aloud a classic story.  This program is aimed at an adult audience.
4:00
Booneville Library
Craft demonstrations with Librarian Leigh Hood

 


Friday, April 12

WHEN
WHERE
WHAT
All day
Ripley & Walnut Libraries
Adult Readers Day – Listening sessions for patrons to talk about what authors they would like to see more of in the library, other services they would like to see at their library and an explanation of how Inter-Library Loans work
9:00 – 2:00
Iuka Library
Friends of the Library Spring Yard Sale
10:00 – 5:00
Tishomingo Library

Friends of the Library Children’s Book Sale Patron Appreciation Day with refreshments

12:00
Booneville Library
Friends of the Library Lunch Break with optional $3 bag lunch
12:00 – 1:00
Burnsville Library
Lender/Community Bank Manager Brenda Kennedy from the First American National Bank at Burnsville will present a program giving credit tips.  A free lunch will be provided by the bank but an RSVP is requested so that enough food will be available.  In addition, the library will be giving away more door prizes.
2:00
Corinth Library
Sensory Friendly Storytime
5:00
Booneville Library
Family Movie Night
5:00
Iuka Library
Stuffed Animal Story Time and Sleepover:  Bring your fluffy stuffed friends to a private Storytime, then let them sleep over at the library!

 


Saturday, April 13

WHEN
WHERE
WHAT
All day
Ripley Library
Heritage and Genealogical Services Day – Items from the Tommy Covington Genealogical Room will be highlighted as patrons are shown how to trace both their family’s own histories and as well as their communities’ past
9:00 – 2:00
Iuka Library
Friends of the Library Spring Yard Sale
10:00 – 1:00
Tishomingo Library
Friends of the Library Children’s Book Sale
11:00 – close
Iuka Library
Stuffed animal pick-up

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