This week, the Suwannee River Regional Library System joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
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.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the hearts of their communities, 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 re-engage 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 children’s programs, e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers, or those to support early literacy, library staff listen to the community they serve and they respond.
Service to the community has always been the focus of the library. While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.
The Suwannee River Regional Library System is celebrating National Library Week with the following programs:
Suwannee County library programs:
Live Oak Library, 1848 Ohio Ave., Live Oak, 386-364-3479
- After school at the library from 3-4 p.m.
- Mondays: Lego Club (ages 6 and up)
- Tuesdays: Book Club (ages 7-10)
- Tuesdays: Book Club (ages 11-14)
- Wednesdays: Games (Wii Kinect and board games)
- Thursdays: Crafts for children
- Preschool storytime (ages 3-5), Tuesdays: Daycares-9:30 a.m., Public-10:30 a.m., Toddler time (ages 18-36 months) Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
- Teen Coffeehouse, April 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., music, poetry and snacks
- Teen movie, April 19, 1:30 p.m. (call the library for details)
- Drop in crafts, April 13-19, crafts in the youth room during all open hours
Branford Library, 703 NW Suwannee Ave., Branford, 386-935-1556
- Preschool storytime (ages 3-5) April 15, 10-11 a.m.
- Lego club: April 18, 3:30-4 p.m.
Hamilton County library programs
Jasper Library, 311 Hatley St. NE, Jasper, 386-792-2285
- Preschool storytime (ages 3-5 years), Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- Fun days (children of all ages), Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Jennings Library, 1322 Plum St., Jennings, 386-938-1143
- Fun days (children of all ages), April 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
White Springs Library, 16403 Jewett St., White Springs, 386-397-1389
- Lego Club (ages 7 years and up): Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Writers group (adults), April 16, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
- Preschool storytime (ages 3 - 5 years), Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- Fun days (children of all ages), Thursdays, 3-4 p.m.
- Homework help, Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.
For more information about the week’s activities, visit or call the library, or see the library’s website at www.neflin.org/srrl.