Celebrate National Library Week at the Vail Public Library through Saturday, April 16
National Library Week
3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, April 11 — Healthy Habits for Kids: Juicing with Green Elephant
2-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 — Job Seeking and Interviewing Skills with Workforce Center;
3-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 — One-on-one Computer Help with Workforce Center
3-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 — One-on-one Computer Help with Workforce Center
1-2 p.m. Thursday, April 14 — Common Cents for Colorado: Eating well on $6 a day
All events take place at the Vail Public Library, 292 W. Meadow Drive in Vail. For more information, call 970-479-2184.
VAIL — This week, the Vail Public Library joins libraries in schools, on campuses and in communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. Today through Saturday is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users, as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3-D printer or just relax and enjoy a musical program.
The Vail Public Library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including Hoopla, Overdrive, Zinio, Law Depot, Consumer Reports and Lynda.com, just to name a few that can be accessed in person or online.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. The Vail Public Library is transforming by offering programs such as Tech Studio, a Healthy Lifestyle Series including Healthy Habits for Kids, one-on-one tech help, computer classes, financial literacy and much more.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Lori A. Barnes, town librarian. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”
Many different qualities
Libraries are many things to many people. They work with elected officials, small-business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. Vail Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by offering a variety of programs throughout the week and also bringing back its Fine Free Month for the seventh year, which kicks off annually during National Library Week.
To remove one of the barriers of returning overdue library materials, Vail Public Library borrowers are encouraged to return their overdue library materials without penalty or fine during amnesty, to be held through Saturday, April 30. Materials returned to either the library or the book drop must be in good condition, but no questions will be asked nor fines assessed. The amnesty does not include fines for lost and/or damaged items or overdue fines still on record from previously returned materials.
Did you know that all Eagle County residents are welcome to have a library card at Vail Public Library? Simply bring in your valid government issued ID and the library will be happy to issue you a card. For more information, visit http://www.vaillibrary.com, call 970-479-2187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.