It’s National Library Outreach Day!

Our library is joining communities from across the country in observing National Library Outreach Day. Today we highlight the invaluable role library professionals and libraries continue to play in bringing library services to those in need.

National Library Outreach Day LogoOur library’s outreach services provide all members of the community with free access to resources and services linking people to the information they need to during this difficult time and beyond. Our services surpass bricks and mortar, as our staff continues to adapt and develop innovative ways to deliver library materials and services that transform lives and support lifelong learning.

Check out the website and our events calendar for all of our great services and programs.

Celebrated annually during National Library Week, National Library Outreach Day is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL). It a time highlight outreach services and for library advocates to make their support known—through thanking library staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.

Today is National Library Workers Day! #NLWD21

National Library Workers Day LogoNational Library Workers Day is a day for library staff, patrons, administrators, and other groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers through their hard work, dedication, and expertise of library support staff and librarians.  The Tuesday of National Library Week has been designated National Library Workers Day.

Let’s take this time to flood social media (using the hashtag #NLWD21) with words of gratitude for all library workers.

And nominate stellar library workers as Stars for the ALA-APA Galaxy of Stars.  Submit a Star Library Worker.  Nominations may come from library users, students, children, colleagues, faculty, or management.  Please visit the Galaxy of Stars to see your nomination.  It will be updated weekly.

Celebrate National Library Week: April 4 – 10, 2021

Welcome to Your Library Slogan for 2021 National Library WeekApril 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.

During these challenging times, libraries of all types have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their patrons. Libraries across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by supporting the community with virtual services and programs.  Check out our programs and services for all ages on our website.

This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting their library’s website, following them on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Celebrates 90 Years

Help us wish the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) a happy 90th anniversary!  Our library is a regional library in the NLS network and we are excited to celebrate this year with them.

NLS is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2021 with curated digital content and features throughout the year and a kick-off concert that took place on March 3, marking the day in 1931 that President Herbert Hoover signed legislation creating a national library service to provide “books for the adult blind.”

The online concert featured jazz pianist and NLS patron Matthew Whitaker and his quartet. The selection of Whitaker, an innovative performer, composer and arranger, was an apt choice at such an important time in NLS’s history, as the organization continues to find new ways to meet the needs of Americans with disabilities.

Whitaker became interested in music as a toddler, taking immediately to the toy piano he was given by his grandfather. At age five, he began training in classical piano and in reading braille music with Dalia Sakas from the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School in New York City, the only community music school for the blind and visually impaired in the United States. In the fall of 2019 Whitaker became the first blind undergraduate student to join Juilliard’s Jazz Studies program.

In an interview with Whitaker, NLS Director Karen Keninger mentioned NLS’s ongoing project to expand its already impressive music catalog by converting rare hard-copy braille scores to digital. “I’m glad that you guys are always finding ways for us as blind individuals to have access,” Whitaker said. “I feel that everybody should have a way of accessing music, whether visually impaired or not.” The interview and concert can be found on the NLS’s YouTube channel.

Beyond the Whitaker concert, NLS will share historical content and celebrations from across its nationwide network of libraries on its various digital channels through the rest of the year.

In 1930, Rep. Ruth Pratt of New York and Sen. Reed Smoot of Utah introduced identical bills to provide service to blind readers on a national scale through the Library of Congress. That led to passage of the Pratt-Smoot Act, which created what we now know as NLS, the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. The law has been amended several times, extending the service beyond adults who are blind to include children and people with physical and reading disabilities. In addition, in 1962 Congress authorized NLS to collect and maintain a library of musical scores and instructional texts. That collection is now the largest of its kind in the world.

March Recap @ The Playground

On March 8th at our Makerspace Monday, we explored the moon and learned a thing or two about chemistry. Isn’t the moon marvelous! We discovered the science of mixing together self-rising flour with a few sprinkles of water and made puffy paint by using a microwave. Did you know that earth is 4 times bigger than the moon and 12 people have once landed on the moon? We always learn a lot @ the Playground!

Next, on March 20th for our STEM and Stories Saturday our very special library friend Dan Chibnall, from Drake University, treated our senses with actual sounds of the spacecraft called Perseverance. We actually felt like we were on Mars! Not only that, but Dan shared stories of the Red Planet itself, MARS. Did you know that an astronaut’s suit weighs around 75 pounds, wow, can you imagine wearing that to school? Thank you Dan for sharing your story of space, we hope to see you again soon.

Coming up next month on April 12th for the Makerspace Monday Event, we will not only discover the magic of feathers but get ready to tie, trim as you assemble the Feathery Macramé craft! You will learn to turn yarn into wall art just one feather at a time. On April 17th did someone say, “meow” or “ruff-ruff”? For our STEM and Stories Saturday, we will meet our friends from the Animal Rescue League as they share their furry stories of wagging tails and kindness!

Coming up in April @ the Playground

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: April 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Activity: Feathery Macramé Fun
Register Here

STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Event
Date and Time: April 17th at 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Friends from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa!
Register Here

Hope to See You Soon!
Denise Bean