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Communities matter @ your library: celebrate National Library Week April 14-20

When Apr 14, 2013 01:00 PM to
Apr 20, 2013 05:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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This week, the Decorah 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 Decorah Public Library serves the area by providing programs for all ages, an ever-expanding list of online offerings, and collections of books, magazines, newspapers, audiobooks, movies, and more that are added to every week. Details about upcoming programs and services are available on the library’s website, 

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Decorah Public Library Director Lorraine Borowski. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community. While we are pleased to be making more ebooks, digital magazines, and digital audiobooks available to our patrons each year, I would encourage everyone to put down their devices and pick up a book in honor of National Library Week.” 

During National Library Week, anyone with overdue library materials may take advantage of fine amnesty: simply bring overdue items to the front desk of the library, let a staff member know that they are overdue, and all fines for those items will be forgiven.

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 Decorah Public Library at 202 Winnebago St., call 563-382-3717 or see the library’s website at  The library is open 10 am-8 pm Mon-Thurs, 10 am-5 pm Fri/Sat, and 1-4 pm Sundays during the school year.