National Library Week celebrated with week long events for the community 

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(STILLWATER, OKLA / Updated April 17, 2013) - The Stillwater Public Library's Teen Literature Day scheduled for Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. has been postponed and will take place this summer at a date to be announced later.

 

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / March 27, 2013) –– Celebrate National Library Week April 14 through April 20 along with the Stillwater Public Library.  The library will be hosting a statute unveiling, its huge Spring Book Sale, children’s and teen activities and a fine forgiveness period during the national event.  This year’s national theme is “Communities Matter @ Your Library.”

“The community means everything to our library,” said library director Lynda Reynolds.  “Our goal is to be one of the first places community members think of when they need help.  We are incredibly grateful to have partnerships with innumerable city organizations, supporters and volunteers who assist us in delivering that help throughout the county.  Everyone from the schools, Meridian Technology Center and OSU to the newspaper, radio stations, businesses and citizen groups are working together to make the library successful.”

The week long celebration begins Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. when a “Wings of Hope” butterfly donated by the Stillwater Newcomer’s Club is unveiled in its place of honor outside the front of the library.  The butterfly was painted by Stillwater High School senior, Stephanie Stoner, and highlights Oklahoma themes along with the ways in which the Stillwater Public Library transforms the lives of its community members.  The Stillwater Community Singers will perform a short choral concert at the unveiling.

On Monday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m., library supporters are encouraged to attend the City Council meeting at City Hall, 723 S. Lewis, where Mayor Bartley will read a proclamation for Stillwater to observe National Library Week.

The Friends of the Stillwater Public Library will hold their semi-annual booksale April 18 to April 21.  Over 20,000 books, videos and audios will be on sale for .25 to $1, with a member’s preview sale on Thursday, followed by two days open to the general public and a $1 per bag sale on Sunday.  $10 memberships will be available at the door on Thursday.

On Friday, April 12 and Monday, April 15, children’s storytimes will be devoted to stories and activities related to libraries.  Children will also create “Love My Library” pictures that will be displayed throughout the children’s section during the festivities.

“This week, we’re hoping to instill the love of the library using our very favorite books,” said children’s librarian, Elizabeth Murray.  “Some of our favorite library week books include ‘The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians’ by Carla Morris and ‘Library Lion’ by Michelle Knudsen.  We’ll be reading many of our favorites during storytime, but many more will be available to check out during the week.”

For young adults, “Teen Lit Day” will be held on Thursday, April 18 and will include a viewing of the teen book trailer submissions.  Teens were invited to create video commercials about their favorite books.  After voting, one submission will win the grand prize which includes a $50 gift certificate from the Friends of the Library.  Participants are also encouraged to bring copies of their used books to trade with other kids at the event.

Throughout the week, the library will accept overdue items from library users and waive the fines owed, as long as the items are returned in good condition.  The library will be able to waive all fees except for previous fines, costs for lost or damaged items and collection agency processing fees.

“We’ve all had overdue library items, even us librarians,” said Lynda Reynolds.  “We hope that community members who have been avoiding the library because of overdues will see this as a second chance to get reacquainted with the library.”

For additional questions about National Library Week activities, call (405) 372-3633, ext. 106 or e-mail askalibrarian@stillwater.org or visit the library’s website at

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