Celebrate National Library Week April 14-20

This week, the Ellicottville memorial Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

Libraries are moving away from the silent forbidding places of the past and are redefining themselves as destination spots that offer wireless computer access, workshops, meeting rooms, book club discussions, story times and a variety of educational programs such as music, art, exercise and computer classes to name a few.

Patrons still check out books, but they are also busy checking e-mail, watching videos, sending photos to friends, downloading audio and e-Books, preparing resumes and checking job listings, completing homework assignments, and of course surfing the internet.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Laura Flanagan, director of the Ellicottville Library. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”

The Ellicottville Memorial Library will kick off National Library Week by showing the movie “The Life of Pi” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12.  The movie is rated PG and will be shown in the community room of the 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.

For more information, visit the Ellicottville Memorial Library at 6499 Maples Rd., call (716) 699-2842 or see the library’s website at www.evml.org.

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