National Library Week explores ‘unlimited possibilities’ |

National Library Week explores ‘unlimited possibilities’

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Today’s libraries are more than just books. Increasingly, they are places of creativity where people can meet to share a hobby, use a 3D printer, edit a video, or use software to record their own music. Libraries offer access to the tools and technology essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities.

What have you created with the help of your local library? Did you research or write your book, learn how to make a hand-knitted scarf or culinary creation? Have you used the library’s 3D printer or produced a video? Did the library help you find a new job or get your small business off the ground? Or perhaps the library’s homework help service made a difference in your child’s last report card.

The possibilities really are unlimited.

Share what you’ve made with the help of your local library on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #librarymade for the chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Maker Shed or Amazon. Promotion begins Monday at noon CT and ends Friday at noon CT.

Official rules are available on the #LibraryMade promotional page on I Love Libraries website.

Follow the fun during National Library Week on the #LibraryMade Hashtag Wall.

Libraries across the country will celebrate National Library Week from April 12-20 this year, paying homage to the contributions of our nation’s local libraries and promoting the use and support of libraries and their employees.

First sponsored in 1958, the weeklong celebration is a national observance held annually in April, and is sponsored by the American Library Association, also known as ALA, the oldest and largest library association in the world.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “unlimited possibilities,” a play off the vast learning opportunities libraries provide communities around the nation, said Nevada County Librarian Laura Pappani.

“It’s about all the ways libraries open doors for people,” Pappani said. “There are a lot of things that I can remember when I was a kid, when I was interested in something I went to the library and found out about it. So that’s something a lot of people can relate to, it being the first stop for exploring new things.”

On Wednesday, Nevada City Council members officially presented a proclamation for National Library Week, distributing certificates to Pappani and longtime Nevada City community leader and retired Nevada County Librarian Madelyn Helling, for whom the county’s library is named.

“I want to thank you for your lovely tribute to our county libraries and what they stand for in the life of a democracy,” said Helling. “A feeling of wonder, of library, surrounds one immediately upon entering this lovely gem that is (our) library. It says, ‘welcome, welcome — to another world.’ Thank you again.”

The county board of supervisors will hold a similar proclamation ceremony at its meeting on Tuesday.

National observances during the week include Library Workers Day on Tuesday, a day for library staff, users, administrators to recognize the contributions made by library workers.

National Bookmobile Day will be held on Wednesday, and will celebrate professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.

Younger library-goers can celebrate Teen Literature Day Thursday, which aims to raise awareness among the general public of the importance of young adult literature.

Pappani said there will be a slew of events at the Helling Library in conjunction with National Library Week, including a carnival play date at the Helling Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday that will give children, ages 7 and younger, fun and messy activity stations like moon sand, bubbles, dancing, art and more.

For teens and adults later that same day, the Helling library will hold a writing workshop with local author Kim Culbertson at 4 p.m.

Also on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Grass Valley Library’s Anime and Manga Otaku Club will be discussing cosplay, a performance art where people called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea.

Participants can also make accessories, including Naruto headbands.

On Friday, the Helling Library will hold a movie showing of “High Noon” from 2-4 p.m. Teen Movie Night will be held later that day from 6-8 p.m. where teens can watch “Big Hero 6.”

Following the film, teens will be given pizza and popcorn, along with an opportunity to play “capture the flag” inside the library.

“It’s a week to highlight what we do all year-round,” Pappani said.

Throughout the week libraries across the county will also be hosting a poetry contest where community members must create an original piece that has to do with libraries, librarians or books, and turn them in to the Helling Library.

Pappani said local libraries will also enact a weeklong amnesty on fees for new and replaced library cards.

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To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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