This week the Mission Viejo Library is joining libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the communities they serve.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the Mission Viejo Library,” said Stephanie Tanton, Director of Library and Cultural Services. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”
The Mission Viejo Library is celebrating National Library Week by:
• Distributing books to residents who participated in World Book Night, an international program to spread the love of reading.
• Hosting a Writers Present program featuring bestselling author Alan Brennert, whose “Molokai” novel is a popular book club pick in the community
• Reaching out to Hankey and Newhart middle schools to share with teachers, students and parents the online resources available from the library that support the core curriculum. The library will also offer free library card signups at Newhart Middle School’s Earth Day celebration Friday.
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 Mission Viejo Library at 100 Civic Center or call 949-830-7100 or visit www.cmvl.org. The library is open seven days a week.