To the editor:
The week of April 13 to 19, communities across the country celebrate National Library Week, a time to remind the public about the contributions libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities.
"Lives change @ your library" is the fitting theme for this year's National Library Week celebration. Libraries of all types serve as catalysts in their communities, offering opportunities for children and adults alike to learn, grow and achieve their dreams. In addition to providing access to books, e-books, computers and other resources, association, public, school, academic and special libraries offer expert teaching and guidance to aid library users in their quest to open new worlds and change their lives.
Libraries have historically served as our nation's great equalizers of knowledge, providing free access to information for all people. Today's libraries continue this tradition, helping level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people. The range of information and services available to library users is unlimited: resources for job seekers, cultural heritage and genealogical collections, English as a second language and much more.
Here are just a few of the things you can do this week at the Saranac Lake Free Library:
On Tuesday, April 15 at 11 a.m., our honorary spokesperson, Ms. Candy Wagner, will proclaim National Library Week. Feel free to come by the library to greet our spokesperson, hear the proclamation and enjoy some refreshments.
Also on Tuesday, April 15 at 2 p.m., our Science Book Group will be discussing "Polio: An American Story" by David M. Oshinsky.
On Wednesday, April 16, celebrate National Library Workers Day. Stop by the SLFL and meet our staff. Each staff member is a highly skilled individual who works to meet the needs and desires of our reading public. If you haven't done so already, introduce yourself we are always happy to meet our patrons.
On Thursday, April 17, celebrate Teen Literature Day, a perfect day to visit the young adult section of our library. In just 18 months, we've grown our YA collection from zero to more than 450 books! You don't have to be young or an adult to enjoy this collection. You just have to like to read.
And just in time for National Library Week, the SLFL has opened our new music CD collection. You'll find the music CDs right by the large paperback collection.
National Library Week is the perfect time to remember when it is time to make a change and improve your life, the place to be is "@ your library."
Peter Benson, director
Saranac Lake Free Library