April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study-they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.
Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.
“The library helps lead our community by advocating for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning,” said Letty Leija, Library and Cultural Arts Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life.”
The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is celebrating National Library Week by providing the following activities:
· A Family Reading Challenge starting March 19 thru the end of National Library Week April 14. The Family Reading Challenge is designed to promote the love of reading as well as restore family time and create memories. Participants can pick up their challenge card at the Circulation Desk and have until April 14 to complete and return the card for a chance to enter a drawing of a family goodie basket.
· Visit the library during National Library Week and make it a treasure hunt. Follow the daily clues that will lead you to the hidden treasure and claim your prize. It’s that easy!
· On Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m., parents and teens (grades 6-12) are invited to take part in a special Teen & Parent UFO t-shirt decoration just in time for this year’s UFO Festival and Conference.
· Wednesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. Children’s Department will be celebrating National Library Week with a puppet show, story time, craft and refreshments. Please join us for a special story time on the rainbow carpet, followed by the literary puppet show, “Snatch A Book”, games, picture op and a book distribution. We will then be making our way into the meeting room for our bookmark craft and celebratory refreshments.
· Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Professor, Dr. Ed Cameron and Dr. Linda Belau, will be presenting their lecture titled, Film and the Border. They will present their most recent research on border cinema, focusing on the role of dissent presented in films using the Mexico/US border as a setting with specific geo-political importance.
· Friday, April 13, the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library will be incorporating its annual Out of this World UFO Festival and Conference to this year’s National Library Week Celebration. People can expect to meet and mingle with authors and experts in the subject; such as, Stephen Bassett, world’s best known and most highly respected UFO researcher and Nick Pope, British UFO expert and secret agent who researched and investigated UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, and strange phenomena.
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 Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at 1906 S. Closner Blvd. Edinburg, Texas, call 956-383-6246 or see the library’s website at www.edinburglibrary.us