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Worlds connect @ your library: celebrate National Library Week at the Decorah Public Library, April 12-18

It’s National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide - and the perfect time to discover how worlds connect at your library.
When Apr 12, 2009 01:00 PM to
Apr 18, 2009 05:00 PM
Where throughout the Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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The Decorah Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by offering a wide variety of free programs for all ages. Adult events include a Northeast Iowa Poetry Writers’ Group meeting (Mon. Apr. 13, 6:30-8 p.m.), a Decorah Regional Arts Council reception for Mezzanine Gallery featured artist Melanie Heindl (Sat. Apr. 18, 1-2 p.m.), and a presentation by KWWL Meteorologist Mark Schnackenberg (Sat. Apr. 18, 3-4 p.m.). Local pianist Eleanor Reed-Maxfield will be playing original compositions on the library’s recently donated piano (Thurs. Apr. 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m.).


For youth, the library will have available a do-it-yourself scavenger hunt, “Drop Everything and Follow the Flow At Your Library.” A page of clues relating to water will lead seekers to various resources in the library, with something to do at each site. The water theme is part of National Environmental Education Week, which is also April 12-18. Any child turning in a completed hunt can choose a free book or other small prize.


Children’s Librarian Sally Stromseth will host library-themed Toddle Time (Mon. Apr. 13, 10:30-10:50 a.m.) and Story Times (Tues. Apr. 14 and Wed. Apr. 15, 10:30-11:15 a.m.) for children ages 0-2 and 3-5.


In addition to the programs being offered during National Library Week, library staff will continue to provide free computer classes, meeting space, research assistance, and reading recommendations that are available year round. Once again, anyone with overdue materials can take advantage of fine amnesty throughout National Library Week. Simply bring overdue items to the front desk of the library, let a staff member know that they are overdue, and all fines will be removed from your account (regardless of how overdue the materials are).


Decorah Public Library services, programs, and materials bring patrons into the library seven days a week. In the past year 7,834 people attended 681 programs; more than 2,792 people used 3 public meeting rooms; and library materials were checked out 168,027 times.


Iowans are using their public libraries more than ever.  According to a special survey conducted by the State Library of Iowa in January 2009, library visits are up 6.86% and computer use is up 7.64% statewide. While Iowa public library use generally goes up each year, the increases shown are especially significant because they exceed all annual increases over the past five years.


As American Library Association President Jim Rettig explains, “During tough economic times, people turn to libraries for their incredible array of free resources, from computers to books, DVDs and CDs, for help with a job hunt or health information. The average annual cost to the taxpayer for access to this wide range of resources is about $31, the cost of one hardcover book. In good times or bad, libraries are a great value!”


For more information, visit the Decorah Public Library at 202 Winnebago St., call 563-382-3717 or see the library’s Web site at  Library hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-5p.m. Fri.-Sat., and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.