LAPEER, Michigan – 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.
This year’s theme for National Library Week, Communities Matter @ Your Library, is especially important to us because without the support of our communities, we wouldn’t exist today. It inspired us to put communities and their residents in the spotlight during this week. Each of the seven Lapeer District Library (LDL) branches will be celebrating National Library Week with an open house, a drawing/photo contest, a Food for Fines event and the debut of a special video created just for National Library Week.
Open houses: Community members are invited to visit their local LDL branch to help celebrate National Library Week. Enjoy refreshments and watch the special National Library Week video. Specific open house dates/times are:
- Marguerite deAngeli Branch: Monday, April 15 from 3-6 pm.
- Clifford Branch: Thursday, April 18 from 2-7 pm.
- Columbiaville Branch: Wednesday, April 17 from 1-7 pm.
- Elba Branch: Thursday, April 18 from 1-7 pm.
- Hadley Branch: Tuesday, April 16 from 11 am – 8 pm.
- Metamora Branch: Thursday, April 18 from 11 am – 8 pm.
- Otter Lake Branch: Tuesday, April 16 from 2-7 pm.
Drawing/Photo Contest: Residents of all ages can draw or take a picture of their favorite place in their community and turn it in to any LDL branch starting April 8. Each child or teen that turns in an entry will be entered into a drawing to win one of several special National Library Week backpacks and adults will be entered to win an 8 GB jumpdrive. All entries must be received by the last day that the branch is open during National Library Week and the entries will be on display during the month of April.
Food for Fines: The Lapeer District Library will be waiving library late fees with the donation of a non-perishable food or personal hygiene item during National Library Week. For each item donated, the library will waive $1.00 in late fines, up to $20. These items will be collected and donated to the Stone Soup food pantry which helps struggling families here in Lapeer County. If you do not have fines, but would still like to donate items, the library will happily accept them.
Communities Matter @ Your Library Video: In honor of National Library Week, the Lapeer District Library staff found local community members to each read a line from the nursery rhyme, “Old Mother Hubbard” from Marguerite de Angeli’s Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes. This video will debut during the open houses at each branch during National Library Week and a link will be posted on the library’s website.
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.
Please contact any LDL location for specific dates and complete details for any of the events above. You can also visit www.library.lapeer.org for specific branch hours and locations.
Serving 61,834 residents throughout Lapeer County, the Lapeer District Library and the Family Literacy Center are partners for literacy.