Pamplin Media Group – Help us celebrate National Library Week at Crook County Library

April 3-9 is a great time to stop by the Crook County Library and see what we have to offer

Have a nice week at the National Library! April 3-9 is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries, the contributions of library workers, and to promote the use and support of libraries. The Crook County Library is a beloved institution, and we invite you to visit this week and experience all we have to offer. Whether you need internet access, want to check out a recent bestseller, need to find downloadable content for an upcoming road trip, or use our public meeting spaces, we can help!

This spring, we strive to fulfill the library’s mission: “Our knowledgeable and engaging staff will provide traditional and innovative resources and create welcoming spaces where everyone can experience the joy of learning and discovery.” Programming for all ages is in full swing and plans are afoot for another great summer reading program, starting in June. We are busy processing many new items for all of our collections and helping customers with a variety of technology needs. Our object library offers surprising and fun items for families and educators to discover, from construction and robotics kits to our new program crates showcasing the cultural heritage of the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs.

April is National Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating with an exhibition of books filled with poetry from Oregon authors like Kim Stafford and Ellen Waterston, old west cowboys, multicultural voices and classic favorites like Emily Dickinson and Mary Oliver. Participate in your own reflections on our “poet-tree” exhibit and keep an inspirational verse close at hand with National Poetry in your Pocket Day on April 29.

Has it been a long time since you came to the library? We hope to see you soon! If you’re worried that previous fines or other account issues will come back to haunt you, fear not – we no longer charge fees for overdue materials and many old fines have been purged from library records.

To boost the love of libraries, here are some fun facts collected by the American Library Association:

There are approximately 116,867 libraries of all kinds in the United States today.

In 2019, there were more public libraries in the United States than Starbucks

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 167 million items on approximately 838 miles of shelves, which would span roughly the distance between the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C., and Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Supporting school libraries through adequate funding and staffing is critical to student success: research shows that top-performing students attend schools with well-supported library/media centers.

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