The Washington Times-Herald

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April 9, 2010

Library gears up for National Library Week

WASHINGTON — The Washington Carnegie Public Library will be celebrating National Library Week next week and has scheduled several activities and programs throughout the week. For 52 years, the American Library Association and libraries across the country have sponsored a national observance day.

"What we're trying to do is bring a diverse range of programs that are free and open to the public. We want to not only attract current patrons, but bring new patrons to our library," said Rick Chambon, outreach services manager.

"We have a pretty diverse range of topics this year, from hummingbirds to Facebook and social networking. For our small town, we offer a lot of diversity in our staff and in our resources alone. We want to share that," he said.

The theme for the week is "Communities Thrive @ Your Library." The Washington Carnegie Public Library offers free resources, such as books, DVDs, CDs, computer use and programs, for all ages of people in the community.

"Libraries are the heart of every community, and our library helps our community thrive," WCPL Director Teresa Heidenreich said. "When you really think about it, the public library is the only institution in American society that has, as one of its chief functions, the responsibility to help guard against the twin tyrannies of ignorance and conformity."

Patrons of the library have access to not only books and commuters, but also help using the resources. People seeking employment have been able to get assistance building resumes, creating e-mail accounts and such through the library employees and programs.

"The public library's very existence indicates the degree to which our society values knowledge, truth, justice, books and culture. With that being said, communities really do thrive because of the library and its promotion of intellectual freedom," Heidenreich said.

In addition to the programs offered this week, individuals have the opportunity to win a character named after them in an upcoming Tony Perona book and $250 for their respective library.

For more information on the contest visit or call 254-4586.

The activities scheduled throughout the week are free of charge; though, partrons are asked to register to help with logistical plans such as room size and refreshment amounts. To register or for more information call 254-4586.

"At our library, people of all backgrounds come together for community meetings, lectures and programs, to do research with assistance of a trained professional, to get help finding a job or to find homework help," Heidenreich said. "Today's libraries are modern community centers where everyone is invited to explore, dream and learn."

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