2014-04-11 / In the Know

Library Week takes its turn for celebration

By Emily Reed Special to the Leader

Does it seem like there’s a holiday for everything these days? In April alone, people will celebrate National PB&J Day, Tweed Day and Rubber Eraser Day.

We are a people that like to honor fun (and quirky) things. Next week is National Library Week, and the Scarborough Public Library invites you to come celebrate our universal appeal.

Scarborough Public Library is a state leader. Did you know that our library was the first in the state to launch our own Cloud-based e-book library? Or that our youth services librarian will speak at a national conference on how libraries support teachers as they implement the Common Core?

You might be surprised to learn that library staff from around the state and New England come to our library to check out our facilities and processes. We were among the first to embrace technology as a means of enhancing the patron experience. Our commitment to free and open access to information is fierce on behalf of all Scarborough residents.

Our library offers many of the amenities that you would expect, such as research assistance, story times for children, and a robust selection of books, audio-books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs and CDs.

Of course we have computers and wireless Internet access. Community members can enjoy movie matinees, cultural presentations, book discussion groups, author talks, poetry jams and teen events.

Our library also boasts some offerings that might surprise you.

Enjoy an active lifestyle?

Patrons can check out a basketball from the front desk and play on the courts adjacent to the library, or ask about other sports equipment behind the front desk. Need business solutions? Our meeting room is available for a nominal fee and has been recently upgraded to include new AV equipment and business conveniences. Interested in trying a new technology? Check out an e-reader and sample our e-books.

Parents looking for April vacation ideas, come check out a special pajamarama or “maker day” where kids can explore fun activities that don’t require any screen time (think specialty weaving or a snap circuit board).

Like to knit? Stop in on the Saturday morning knitting circle.

Wonder what to do in the event of a natural disaster? Come learn about preparedness and resiliency training. We are also a heating and cooling center in the event of extreme weather.

This dizzying array of programming and amenities is available to every person who lives or works in Scarborough. This is your library. The Scarborough Public Library Board of Trustees invites residents to come celebrate National Library Week April 13-19 by declaring your right to our vibrant library.

Beginning Sunday, April 13, visitors will be able to sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries in the center of our library. Libraries across the country are participating in this American Library Association initiative to recognize and uphold the many vital services that libraries offer to everyone.

On Thursday, April 17 at 6 p.m. the trustees will host a special tea and signing ceremony. Come join us during your regular visits to the library or at our special event to affirm support for the wonderful works of our library.

April is also National School Library Month. Our school librarians do so much for our students. We salute and celebrate their efforts as well.

Emily Reed is a trustee at Scarborough Public Library.

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