National Library Week: ‘Lives change at your library’

From staff reports

Winston Countian are learning new languages, traveling to faraway places, fighting crime, solving mysteries and making new friends— and doing it all at the library.

April 13 through 17 is National Library Week, and Winston County Library has kicked off the week with its annual luncheon and has programs all week and beyond to highlight the great offerings of a library. This year’s theme for National Library week is “Lives change at your library.”

Library  staff greet officials and other supporters at the annual luncheon.

Library staff greet officials and other supporters at the annual luncheon.

The library staff and Friends of the library started the week with a luncheon on Monday, April 14 for area officials to thank them for supporting the library and helping everyone in Winston County have access to the library.

“The library is a place for everyone. When you walk through the doors of a library and you feel a sense of community,” said Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards.

The library in addition to providing books for reading pleasure and knowledge is a hub of activity in the computer age with public computers.

“One of the most significant ways our library has changed lives is having public computers available.
 So much is done online. We have had people apply for jobs and get them. Other people apply for benefits, and have received them. Many, many other patrons have used the information highway to simplify their lives,” said Edwards.

As part of that computer reach, the library staff provided a free computer class on April 15 and will have a free e-book class on April 16 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The library will also feature a Flowers and Vegetables class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, April 16) featuring Dr. Jeff Wilson, horticulturist.

The library will close out its National library celebrations with a book signing on April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon with Claire Spradling and her Christian novel “Duress”.

The Friends of the Library in order to help raise funds for the library will host a book sale May 1 to May 3. The group is presently accepting book donations.

The library staff is also preparing for its annual summer programs for children and youth. The staff aims to add an adult program this summer.