The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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April 15, 2014

Local events mark National Library Week


This week, the Palestine Public 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.  


The Palestine Public Library serves Palestine by providing books, e-books, audiobooks, DVD, Storytime, reading programs, computer classes and group and school tours.


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


In celebration, the Palestine library will hold a free daily book drawing this week every day through Thursday, an Easter themed Storytime today and an informational meeting Thursday for a new ongoing children’s program called “Read 1,000 Books by Kindergarten.”


In order to participate in the free daily book drawing this week, write your first and last name on the back of your checkout slip or fill out a prize entry form and drop it in the corresponding container at the front display table for a chance to win a free book. The winners will be notified daily. If you win, you may choose a book from the book prize display at the front of the library.


The Easter-themed storytime will be held at 10 a.m. today.


At 6 p.m Thursday, an informational meeting will be held for the “Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program.


In addition, the public is encouraged to post a “selfie” on the library's Facebook page and Twitter account (@palestinepublic) and share how libraries have changed your lives. The Palestine Public Library wants to know how it impacts lives locally.


First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the hearts of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.

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