More than books

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library System, including the Cassville Branch Library, will celebrate National Library Week, April 14 through April 20. The event is observed by libraries, schools, college campuses and communities across the country as a time to recognize the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

"Service to the community has always been the focus of the library," said Cheryl Williams, Cassville Branch Library supervisor. "While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community."

In addition to serving as repositories for books and other resources, libraries have become one of the centers of many communities, colleges and schools. In turn, libraries have become committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study and have developed services and programs to reflect that commitment.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public to learn about their community's needs and ensure those needs are met. In an effort to meet those changing needs, libraries have started offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers and early literacy programs.

With this year's national theme Community Matters At Your Library in mind, the Cassville Branch Library has partnered with the Cassville United Methodist Church to hold a peanut butter and jelly drive.

"We will be doing activities around that theme with our story times and home school programs," said Williams. "We will have contests, guessing games and trivia based on the theme.

"There will be refreshments throughout the week for our visitors," continued Williams. "There will be a family friendly movie on Friday of that week at 4 p.m. We will also be doing a membership drive for the Cassville Area Friends of the Library."

National Library Week, which originated in 1958, is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). In addition to celebrating National Library Week in April, the Cassville Branch Library will celebrate Children's Book Week in May and Teen Read Week in October.

The Cassville Branch Library is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The local library serves Cassville area schools and patrons by providing DVDs, audio books, magazines, newspapers and large print books. The collection includes fiction and non-fiction books for adults, teens and children.

Computers are available to the public for Internet access, email, word processing and educational games, and a variety of fun and education programs are offered at the local facility each year, including preschool story time sessions each spring and fall and a summer reading club in June and July.

The library is located at 301 W. 17th St. in Cassville.

For more information, call 847-2121 or visit

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