Dear Editor,

During the week of April 7-13, 2019 schools, campuses, and communities across the country will celebrate National Library Week. This is a time to remind the public about the contribution libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities everyday. The theme for this year is: “Libraries=Strong Communities” and the Gates Foundation Co-founder Melinda Gates will serve at 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair.

Yes, books and other media are available from a variety of sources today. What makes the library unique is access to trained professionals to help people find and interpret information they need to make a difference in their lives. Our libraries also help keep us connected, providing space for people of all ages, classes and races to come together, while keeping us connected to events and people around the world. It’s where people can keep up with world events or research where to volunteer locally. Libraries provide free materials, including Smart Start toys and games, as well as free internet connectivity.

Our local library is located conveniently on the campus of Craven Community College in Havelock. A library card can be obtained with proof of identification and address. It’s free! Interlibrary loan of books and materials is available from our regional libraries. A NC LIVE, an online database of information and videos is available to all library cardholders. A story hour is offered on Thursdays at 10:30 for preschoolers.

The Friends of the Library group meets once a month on the third Wednesday at 11:00 am. On April 10, the Wednesday of National Library Week, Friends will be available to meet and talk to you about joining our group. Refreshments will be served from 10-12 pm and 1-3 pm. Stop in during those times and meet some Friends of the Library and find out what we do to support the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

Libraries=Strong communities!

 

Luann Rottmann, President of the Friends of the Havelock-Craven County Library