A celebration of reading

This week, the Kendall Young Library joins libraries across the country in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. Library director Angie Martin-Schwarze said libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. “Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Martin-Schwarze. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, resources for job seekers or programs to support young readers, Kendall Young Library strives to respond to the needs of our community.”

In celebration of National Library Week, held April 14 to 20, the Kendall Young Library will be hosting blind dates-with books-through the end of the month. For adult and young adult patrons, books have been pre-selected and wrapped up to conceal their identity, with only small clues as a short ‘dating profile’ to aid readers in choosing their blind date book. Patrons who check out a blind date book are eligible to enter to win a prize. A drawing for the prizes, which include a t-shirt or drawstring bag, will be held at the end of the month.

In the Children’s Department, kids can stop in to complete a library scavenger hunt and receive a small prize this week. Children ages three to fifth grade can also design a Lego robot for the art contest or enter the drawings to win a backpack or new book.

Other activities this week include the next installment in the Adult Upcycling series. This month’s project is an Upside Down Pop Bottle Planter on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30pm in the Library meeting room. The Library will also host the Chamber Coffee on Friday morning at 10:00am.

For more information, visit the Kendall Young Library at 1201 Willson Avenue, call 832-8100 or see the library’s Web site at www.kylib.org.