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2014-04-03 / News

Library Week offers variety of events

LAPEER COUNTY — Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

This year’s theme for National Library Week, Lives Change @ Your Library, inspired the Lapeer District Library to give back to our community members. Each of the seven library branches will be celebrating National Library Week with a Food for Fines program. The LDL will be waiving library late fees with every donation of a non-perishable food or personal hygiene item in honor of National Library Week. For each item donated, the library will waive $1 in late fines per card, up to $20. While National Library Week doesn’t officially begin until April 13, they will start accepting donations and waiving fines on April 7 and continue through April 17.

These items will be collected and donated to the Grace Episcopal Church food pantry, which helps struggling families here in Lapeer County. If you do not have fines, but would still like to donate items, the library will happily accept them.

Yvonne Brown, a member of the LDL National Library Week committee, said, “patrons can reduce their library fines and help out the needy in their communities at the same time. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Contact any LDL location for complete details or go online to www.library.lapeer.org for specific branch hours and locations.

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