CHICKASAW COUNTY – Most people are surprised what they can find in their local library.
The Houston and Houlka libraries will host a variety of events April 13-19 as part of National Library Week.
“We have a lot of people who rarely – if ever – visit their local library,” said Lisa Mims, library manager for Houston Carnegie Library. “I always smile when people come in for the first time and say, ‘I never knew all this was here.’”
Mims said an antique Titanic artwork will be set up to highlight books on the Titanic this week.
“We’ve got a lot going on and want people to just drop in for a moment to enjoy their library,” said Mims. “The Houston library is centrally located, we’ve got good parking and we are easily accessible. It is so easy to drop in at lunchtime.”
The focus of this year’s National Library Week is librarians.
“Libraries and librarians have a powerful and positive impact on the lives of Americans on a daily basis,” said Mims. “National Library week is the perfect opportunity to encourage your community to tell the story of how the library changed their life.”
Events slated for this week include:
• Titanic Tea with My Thinking Place from 3:45-4:45 Tuesday. This event will highlight e-Books and how to check them out from the library.
• National Library Workers Day on Wednesday. This event will encourage the community renew their Friends of the Library membership or become a member of this critical organization for the first time.
• National Bookmobile Day on Thursday. Funding cuts have stopped the bookmobile that used to carry books out into the community. The community is urged to purchase and donate a book to the library in honor of a family member, organization or community leader.
• Teen Literacy Day on Friday. Kids are invited to come in and check out a book. Easter activities and storytime will be held from 10 a.m. until noon.
Both Houston and Houlka libraries will recognize Free Book Fine Month. Anyone who has a library book, video or DVD that is overdue can see it returned without a fine.
“It’s no questions asked,” said Martha Hinton, of Houlka Library. “Just a ‘Thank You’ for returning the library book or materials.”
Hinton said those with past-due book fines can also see their fine reduced by reading a book.
“They need to come in and check out a book and read it and return it,” said Hinton. “We will take off their fine based on the number of books they read.”
The Houston Library will host a Health Rally with health coach Daryl Terry at 6 p.m. April 22. The community is urged to dress casually and stop in to learn a couple of quick ways to improve their health and fitness.