Athens celebrates National Library Week | City News
To help promote the importance of libraries within the community, the Athens Regional Library System celebrated National Library Week from April 3-9.
According to the American Library Association, libraries across the country celebrate National Library Week each April to highlight the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities.
“The library offers so many services and resources for the whole community,” Rhiannon Eades, public information manager for the Athens Regional Library System, said in an email to Red & Black. “There really is something for everyone, and I think it’s great to have the opportunity to celebrate that and remind the community of what they can find here.”
From concerts to hands-on poetry and craft activities for kids, each of the 11 Athens Regional Library System locations offered a wide range of free events to help connect with the community throughout the week. , Eades said.
The special events and programs offered by the libraries are just a small example of the services they provide to help people of all ages in the local community, said Rebecca Ballard, regional coordinator of children’s services for the regional library system. of Athens, in an e-mail to Le Rouge & Noir. Each of Athens’ libraries offers places to use the internet, learn about technology, and speak to a social worker for anyone in need of help.
“A lot of people think the library is ‘just a place for books’ — but in our community, the library has really become a ‘community center,'” Ballard said.
In an email to Red & Black, Shawn Hinger, media specialist at Clarke Middle School, said she believed that while the Athens Regional Library system was doing a good job of informing the community of this it had to offer, people often didn’t. take advantage of these opportunities.
“I really encourage Athenians to get out to the library and get involved with their many resources and programs to connect with people who are both similar and different from you,” Hinger said. “The best way to bring our community together is to use the books and many resources of our public and school libraries to celebrate all Athenians and their experiences.”
Celebrating National Library Week is also important for library workers, Ballard said, because many people overlook or don’t understand the hard work that goes on at the library.
“Librarians are teachers, social workers, researchers and many other roles rolled into one,” Ballard said. “It can be a very stressful job working with the public every day, but we keep doing it because we all love helping people.”