National Library Week celebrated April 4-10: Local Library to give-away gift cards and Kindle Fire


Next week, the Lennox Community Library joins libraries across the nation celebrating National Library Week April 4th - April 10th.

This year’s theme is “Welcome to Your Library.”

Audrea Buller, Director of the Lennox Community Library, said residents will be able to stop by the library during the week next week and register for prizes.

“We will be giving gift cards and a Kindle Fire,” said Buller. “We will also have word searches and coloring pages for you take with you. Be sure to also watch our Facebook page for activities and chances to win, as well.”

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee’s goals were ambitious. They ranged from “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time” to “improving incomes and health” and “developing strong and happy family life.” In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!” The 2018 celebration marked the 60th anniversary of the first event.

Buller said that there has been some changes at the library.

“We have a couple of new bulletin boards we are proud of,” said Buller.

The bulletin boards were purchased with a monetary gift from the Barry Bultena family in memory of his brother Roger Bultena.

One has been placed in the entry way for community news and then another one is hanging right inside the library for library news.

Buller said, “We were also able to purchase some nice frames to display our awards in the lounge area. Speaking of the lounge, I am opening this up again for you to come and relax again with a book, or to use our WiFi or catch up the latest news with the Argus Leader we receive daily or the local Lennox Independent.”

The final update Buller pointed out was two new window decals displaying the Library’s hours. One is on the south window in the lounge facing the street and the other is on an entry window by main doors.

Buller said the Library will be closed for Easter from Friday, April 2nd to Monday, April 5th. She reminded people to stop by Tuesday through Saturday to register for the prizes.

It is also noted that April brings the start of the extended hours on Thursdays. Starting April 1st through September 30th the Lennox Library is open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

Buller said, “We are also starting to get ready for the summer reading program. Tails and Tales is the theme this year. We will be running it very similar to last year with a couple of changes. We will be hosting two events and will provide more information when it gets closer to those. We will also have a few craft times. These will need to be on a sign-up basis as we will be limited to numbers we can have at one time but will have multiple times and days for you to sign up and take advantage of this.”

The Library has also added several new books to their collection in both the adult and juvenile sections.

If you have a daycare and would like an in home story time with the library, give them a call to schedule a time. Days that this will be available are Monday and Thursdays (between 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and Fridays (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) 605-647-2203 opt 6.

The Library is located at 208 West 5th Ave., Lennox.

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