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This week, the Huntsville Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable expertise they offer.
April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or even record their own music.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to address the needs of their communities. By providing such resources as e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.
At the Huntsville Public Library they are transforming by providing programs for families, classes ranging from citizenship to computer use, lecture series, dance classes, and so much more. Library cards are free when joining, and $1 to replace. New members only need a photo ID and a piece of mail to verify their address.
“The library embraces the entire community, offering unlimited opportunities for personal growth and lifelong learning,” said Asst. City Librarian Anne Sparks. “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.”
Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.
“A library card with us gives you access to thousands of books, movies, audiobooks and even e-books,” Sparks said. “There is no limit to where you can go with a library card with us.”
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.
For more information, visit the Huntsville Public Library at 1219 13th Street, call 936-291-5472 or see the library’s Web site at www.myhuntsvillelibrary.com. The library is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.