CHANNAHON — The week of April 14-20, the Three Rivers Public Library District 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 are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the hearts of their communities, 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 re-engage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.
Three Rivers Public Library District serves the Channahon and Minooka areas by providing access to books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, internet and wifi, newspapers, programming for all ages, free databases such as Consumer Reports and Chilton’s, free e-books and e-magazines, and much, much more to everyone in the community, no matter their financial circumstance.
The library also serves as a meeting place for community events, for tutors, book clubs, and other community groups.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Three Rivers’ Youth Services Librarian Lisa Berger. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”
Three Rivers Library is kicking off National Library Week on Sunday, April 14, with Book Buddies, a program where registered children can read to therapy dogs.
The Project Linus family program will return on Monday, where registered patrons can make blankets for hospitalized children.
The Minooka Police Department will present an Anti-Bullying workshop for kids in first through fourth grades on Wednesday, and TM Martial Arts on Thursday will be teaching tweens, those in fifth, sixth and seventh grades, how to stay safe.
The week finishes off with storm chasing and weather programs for all ages presented by Chasing 4 Life on Saturday, April 20.
In addition to the special National Library Week programs, regular events, such as Toddler Time, Storyhours and Building Buddies, will take place at their normal times.
“One program that I would like to highlight is the Kindness Connection Service Project that we are offering for students in eighth through 12th grades, which will take place on Tuesday, April 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the teen lounge at the Channahon Library,” Berger said.
“Teens will make various craft projects for hospitalized veterans and homeless females. Those who participate can even count this towards their community service hours by bringing their service hours sheets for me to sign.”
Berger continued, “I would also like to say a special ‘thank you’ to Minooka Police Department and TM Martial Arts for taking part in our celebration of community during National Library Week.”
In addition to the various programs, TRPLD will be sponsoring their annual Food For Fines program during National Library Week, where patrons can bring in non-expired, non-perishable food items in return for one fine forgiven for each item. All donations will go to local food pantries.
There will be raffle drawings throughout the week, with a grand prize at the end, so Three Rivers Library patrons benefit just by being a part of the library community and visiting the library.
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 about National Library Week or Food For Fines please contact the library directly at the Channahon Library 815-467-6200 or the Minooka Branch 815-467-6200, or in person at 25207 W Channon Dr, Channahon or 109 N Wabena Ave, Minooka.