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Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19.

Next week, the Van Alstyne Public Library joins 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 community they serve, and they respond.

The Van Alstyne Public Library serves Van Alstyne and its neighbor communities by providing books in print and e-books as well as audiobooks, entertaining and educational videos, literacy events such as preschool story time, elementary hour and tween book club and fun programs for all ages. Summer is especially action packed.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Tracy Luscombe, Library Director. “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 Van Alstyne Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with special prizes and a chance for you to tell us how our library has changed your life.

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 Van Alstyne Public Library at 151 W. Cooper Street, call 903-482-5991 or see the library’s Web site at www.cityofvanalstyne.us/library. Libraries hours are Monday - Wednesday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Thursday 12:00 – 6:00pm, and Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm.