National Library Week set for April 13-19

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System 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 resource. 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 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.

Louisville Mayor Will Hill signing the proclamation for recognizing National Library Week with Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards

Louisville Mayor Will Hill signing the proclamation for recognizing National Library Week with Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards

Libraries within the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System serve their communities by providing access to print and e-Books, story times for children, free classes and more.

“Library materials, resources and programming play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed,” states Richard Greene, Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System Executive Director.

Libraries across Mississippi are celebrating National Library Week with special programs. Activities at the Winston County Library include an appreciation luncheon for City and County officials, library trustees, garden club officials. The event will be held at the library on Monday April 14 at noon and is sponsored by Friends of the Library. The Friends will supply a pot-luck luncheon and homemade desserts. Free computer classes will be held on Tuesday, April 15, conducted by Denise Dickerson, library staff member.

Basic Computer will be held from 9:00 – 11:30 and Basic Internet and e-mail will be held from 12:30 – 3:00. Call 773-3212 to register for the class. Seating is limited.

On Wednesday, April 16, there will be gardening program led by Dr. Jeffrey Wilson, Area Horticulturalist with MSU Extension Service. He will talk about planting flowers and vegetables in containers and raised beds. The program will be held in the library meeting room from 10:00-11:00. On Wednesday afternoon, April 16, from 2:30 – 4:30, Denise Dickerson will have a free class on how to set up an e-book account with the library and how to check out e-books.

Also, the library will host West Point author, Claire Spradling, as she gives a book talk and book signing on her new Christian fiction novel, Duress. Many here in Louisville will remember Claire from her many years of working at Winston Medical Center and Nursing Home and at Tri-County Nursing Home. She will be at the library on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 12:00pm.

For more information, visit Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System’s website at www.mmrls.lib.ms.us and click on Winston County Library to learn about these programs and all the many resources available to the public.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library will host a book sale at the Winston County Library on May 1 through 3. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The group is seeking books, CDs and other materials to resell and help sponsor purchases and projects for the library.