National Library Week will be observed April 9-15, 2017 with the theme, “Libraries Transform.”
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. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.
St. Lawrence County libraries will be offering a variety of special programs in addition to regular activities and events.
Several libraries will be offering amnesty on library fines. The Massena Public Library will forgive overdue fines when library materials are returned. The Lisbon Hepburn Library will waive fines on their long-overdue materials when a patron returns the lost item to the circulation desk along with a donation for the Girl Scout Disaster Relief Project. At the Ogdensburg Public Library, bring your overdue item along with an item for the food pantry to have your fine waived.
The Ogdensburg Public Library and the Norwood Public Library will be offering free coffee and refreshments all week. Ogdensburg will also be offering a “Book Tasting” where visitors can borrow a specially wrapped book, sight unseen, in order to get a taste of a new book series.
Other activities scheduled throughout the county include:
Monday, April 10: The Lisbon Hepburn Library and Massena Public Library will be hosting Patron Appreciation Day with free snacks. At 3:30 pm, seniors can join the Silver Sneakers exercise program at the Ogdensburg Public Library.
Tuesday, April 11: The Massena Public Library will be hosting a Storytime Easter Party at 10:30 am and a Book Sale from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. At 1:30 pm, Paul Hetzler from the Cornell Cooperative Extension will be leading a Seed Saving workshop at the Ogdensburg Public Library. The Lisbon Hepburn Library will be building Lego projects from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Wednesday, April 12: Massena Public Library’s Book Sale continues from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. At the Ogdensburg Public Library, stop in at 10:00 am for their Adult Coloring Circle and at 10:30 for their Senior Social Hour. The Waddington Hepburn Library will be hosting a family story hour from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, followed by a cooking class from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Thursday, April 13: At 2:00 pm, the Waddington Hepburn Library will be presenting “Growing Up on Ogden Island”, the Massena Public Library will be showing “Hidden Figures” on their big screen, and the Ogdensburg Public Library will be teaching a class on Kanzashi Flower Making. At 6:00 pm, children at the Lisbon Hepburn Library will be making Easter crafts. The Norwood Public Library will be hosting an author visit at 6:30 pm when Paul Graham, SLU professor and author of In Memory of Bread: a memoir, will speak about his experience developing celiac disease and giving up gluten.
Friday, April 14: The Lisbon Hepburn Library will be coloring bookmarks from 10:00 am to noon. At 10:30 am, the Norwood Public Library will be offering their Read, Sing, and Play program. The Waddington Hepburn Library will be making Easter Crafts.
Saturday, April 15: At 11:00 am, the Ogdensburg Public Library will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt.
Some programs require pre-registration, so be sure to phone your local library, or visit their website or Facebook page for more information. There are plenty of activities happening during National Library Week, so be sure to check us out… there’s something for everyone!