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The lengthening of the days means it’s time to lighten our hearts and enlighten our minds. There’s no better way to do both than by getting involved in a good book.

To celebrate National Library Week, April 3-9, Muleshoe Library has planned a series of events to honor librarians and library users, according to Muleshoe library assistant Frances Recio.

In addition, patrons with library fines can have that burden lifted during National Library Week.

“During the week, any patrons who have outstanding fines will have the full fine lifted if they bring the book back in good condition,” Recio said. “It’s very important that they bring the book back in good condition, ready to be placed on the shelf so that we don’t have to replace it.”

Recio added that removing the burden of library fines will help patrons participate in summer reading programs.

 The following events are tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. each day.

Monday, April 4, Celebrate Our Children Day

“We’re pooling a lot of easy readers with a familiar theme,” Recio said. “All of the book titles have words such as ‘library,’ ‘librarian’ and ‘library adventures’ in them.”

Tuesday, April 5, Celebrate Our Library Worker Day

A certificate will be awarded to a library worker.

Wednesday, April 6, Celebrate Outreach Day

The library will celebrate meeting the needs of patrons where they are through programs such as LIBBY and West Texas Overdrive.

“These are places where you can get online books through the library at no fee,” Recio said. “We’ll show videos walking patrons through those actual sites. Also, videos that are normally available only on our website will be up and available to patrons through our Facebook page during National Library Week.”

Thursday, April 7, Celebrate Our Patrons Day

The library will celebrate the Davis family with certificates and books for their three children, Jack, Kate and Will.

“Mom Jamie often comes in and utilizes the library, bringing the kids,” Recio said. “She’s raising the readers of tomorrow.”

Friday, April 8, Celebrate Our Community Day

“We’ll be celebrating United Supermarkets worker Janice Burton who comes in and delivers anything United is donating to the library such as books and seasonal holiday decorations,” Recio said. “United is good about coming up here and donating to us on a regular basis.”

According to a flyer provided by the library, “The theme for National Library Week 2022 is “Connect With Your Library.” First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries ­- school, public, academic and special ‑ participate.

“During the week of April 25-29, Muleshoe Public Library will celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Día is a commitment to include and celebrate a variety of cultures every day, year-round, culminating annually on April 30. Día is a national library program that fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds. Programs such as Día play a critical role in helping meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population, while also fueling understanding and acceptance.”

Muleshoe Public Library is located at 322 W. 2nd St., Muleshoe. For more information, call 806-272-4707.

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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