(Monroe, LA) – This week, Ouachita Parish Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs, and expertise they offer.
April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.
Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including small business owners, entrepreneurs, and students depend upon libraries and the materials and services they offer.
Resources like e-books and technology classes, materials for online learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.
“The library helps lead our community by advocating for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning,” said Robin Toms, Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life.”
Ouachita Parish Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by staging pop-up libraries across Ouachita Parish. You can find one at the following locations:
Tuesday, April 10 from 10am-12pm at Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, Well Road, West Monroe Wednesday, April 11 from 9am-12pm at Super One Foods, Cypress St, West Monroe; 9am-12pm at Brookshires, Hwy 165 North, Monroe; 10am-2pm at Brown Bag Concert at Anna Gray Noe Park, Monroe; 11am-1pm at Mac’s Supermarket, Winnsboro Rd, Monroe.
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. For more information, visit the Ouachita Parish
Public Library at any of their eleven branches, or see the library’s website at www.oplib.org.