Again, there will be essay contests, Amnesty Week, a Genealogy workshop and other attractions to create public awareness regarding the importance of a community-based public library.
The literacy council and the library join a national promotion to celebrate the existence of libraries; however, the local celebration lasts for the entire month rather than a single week.
Library Month kicks off here on April 1 with a reception at the community room. City and county leaders and media will be invited to hear of the library’s accomplishments over the past year and will be greeted by the current staff of 12 employees. A tour to include recent additions and improvements to the library also will be available.
The essay contest will include separate judging among high school, middle and elementary school levels among public schools, along with entries from students in home school. Winners will be honored with books donated to the local libraries in their names.
National Library Workers Day (NLWD) is a time when patrons can recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Visit the library’s website, www.cgcl.org, or stop by the library and write in the journal, and let them know how the library has benefited you, or recognize a staff member for “going the extra mile.”
The genealogy workshop will amount to a quickie course on how to trace the family tree, along with a familiarization of research available in this popular department of the library.
Amnesty Week allows overdue books to be returned without penalty and lost library cards renewed without cost. However, patrons who have lost books will not be included in Amnesty Week and still must pay penalties. A can of food will be accepted for every dollar in fines. The collected food items will be sent to local organizations to help those in need.
This is the third straight years the literacy council and the downtown library have joined to present Library Month. The Calhoun-Gordon Council For a Literate Community is a member of the statewide Certified Literacy Community Program (CLCP) and is a Gordon County United Way agency.
- April 1 — Reception
- April 13 — National Library Worker’s Day,
- April 16 — Support Teen Literature Day,
- April 26-30 — Amnesty Week
- All month — Essay Contest
- Genealogy Workshop — date to be announced
- For more information, visit the website, www.cgcl.org