This week, schools, campuses and communities across the country celebrate National Library Week (April 8-14), a time to remind the public about the contributions libraries, librarians and library workers make to their community every day.
Libraries have historically served as our nation's great equalizers of knowledge, providing free access to information for all people. Libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people. Libraries and librarians throughout the country are working to design their collections and services to meet the diverse needs and interests of their communities.
Here are just a few of the things you can do this week at the Soldotna Public Library: attend the weekly, preschool story time on Wednesday morning, 10:30-11:00 a.m., join the Friends of the Library Wednesday evening, 6:00-7:00 p.m. for a birthday party/open house to observe the library's 50th anniversary, with refreshments and balloons, join the Kids' Reading Group on Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. as they discuss the book Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, attend the Imagination Library's family story time, Thursday evening, 6:00-7:00 p.m., or attend the Steampunk Tea Party scheduled for Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m., when winners of the Steampunk Art, Costume & Invention constest will be announced.
I'd also like to acknowledge and thank our wonderful library volunteers who donate their valuable time in the library, working used book sales, helping to decorate the library on holidays, and who participate in the Night Watch program. They include Donna Miller, Sharen Sleater, Mary McCown, Norma Cooper, Maria Dixson, Robin Veluce, Mariah Ulen, Patricia Smallwood, Josh Overturf, and Tony Watson.
National Library Week is the perfect time to remember that libraries are the heart of every community.