Bossard prepares to celebrate National Library Week

By Debbie Saunders - For the Times-Sentinel

This week, the Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Memorial Library joins libraries in schools, on campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries.

This week — April 10-16 — is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

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.

Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can borrow the latest best-selling book, collaborate using new technologies such as 3D printing, or attend an educational and entertaining library program. Bossard Library also offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including e-books and online college courses that patrons can access via the Internet through the use of a library card.

Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. At Bossard Library, we are transforming by providing enriching programs, such as the recent visit by the Newport Aquarium and our forthcoming bicycle lending program.

Libraries are many things to many people. They work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, programs for job seekers, or offering outreach services such as our home-bound program, libraries and librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

Bossard Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting several programs during this special commemorative week. On Sunday, April 10, the library will host a bicycle safety course at 1:30 in the afternoon as we “gear up” to for the upcoming Book-a-Bike program.

Join us on Monday at 10 a.m. for Story Time (ages 3-6) and at 10 a.m. Wednesday for Pat-a-Cake Lapsit (ages birth-3). For those adults who wish to relax on Saturday morning, the library will present a Color Me Happy adult coloring event at 10 a.m. April 16.

Service to the community has always been the focus of the library. Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.

I encourage you to visit your local library soon to discover how the library is transforming your community.

By Debbie Saunders

For the Times-Sentinel

Debbie Saunders is director of Bossard Memorial Library in Gallipolis.

Debbie Saunders is director of Bossard Memorial Library in Gallipolis.