MRL Celebrates National Library Week
The Massanutten Regional Library system joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 14-20, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities’ needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
The Massanutten Regional Library system offers seven branches in the City of Harrisonburg, Rockingham and Page Counties.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” says Lois Jones, Massanutten Regional Library Director. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their communities.”
Four of Massanutten Regional Libraries are celebrating National Library Week by participating in the Snapshot VA program, a Virginia Library Association and Library of Virginia project. The goal of Snapshot VA is to use collected statistics to demonstrate how essential libraries are within our communities. Shenandoah Community Library, Shenandoah, and the Main Library, Harrisonburg, will poll their patrons on Tuesday, April 15. Elkton Community Library, Elkton, will hold its Snapshot VA campaign Wednesday, April 16, and Page Public Library, Luray, will conduct its Snapshot VA campaign Thursday, April 17. Grottoes Branch Library, Grottoes, will conduct its Snapshot VA Day on Thursday, April 24. Village Library, Broadway, polled its patrons April 4 and North River Library, Bridgewater, conducted its Snapshot VA survey April 10.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
For more information, visit your community library within the Massanutten Regional Library system. Visit the library website www.mrlib.org for pertinent schedules and details