How to celebrate local library resources this National Library Week

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Shreve Memorial Library Celebrating National Library Week FOX

It’s National Library Week and Shreve Memorial Library is celebrating with libraries across the country. Learn about the local resources Shreve Memorial offers including GED program assistance and a new moving book mobile initiative that offers a space for you to create content. 

There are a range of local events throughout the week. For more information, see the news release below or visit: www.shreve-lib.org

Shreve Memorial Library is joining libraries across the country to celebrate National Library Week April 7 – 13. Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. The theme for 2019 National Library Week is “Libraries = Strong Communities,” focusing on how libraries serve communities and offer opportunities for all. Throughout the week, Shreve Memorial Library will host special celebrations as well as roll out new services for the community.

On Monday, April 8, the Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch will celebrate 90 years of service to the community. The first branch of the original Shreve Memorial Library system opened on a part-time basis in April 1929. The original two-room Cedar Grove Branch was located at 6700 Southern Avenue in a building that previously served as the Village Hall of Cedar Grove. In 1996, capital tax funds were used to construct the new Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch at the present location of 8303 Line Avenue with a grand opening date of November 14, 1999.

Patrons are invited to join past and present staff of the Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch on Monday, April from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for Morning Muffins and Coffee and again from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Reception and Refreshments. Attendees will be able to share stories on how the library has impacted their lives and take a walk down memory lane with photo displays and a slideshow highlighting the history of the branch. A performance by the Shreveport Auto Harp Club will also take place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 10, the Mobile Library will celebrate National Bookmobile Day, which is celebrated on the Wednesday of National Library Month. The Mobile Library will host a special Senior Day Event at the Support Services Center, located at 885 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Seniors are invited to play games, win prizes, hear stories, and take a tour of the Mobile Library. Refreshments will be served.

Shreve Memorial Library’s Mobile Library is open to people of all ages and provides outreach services through two vehicles equipped with books, audiobooks, DVDs, and more. Outreach services are also provided through a new mobile makerspace. The Make & Go, SML’s Mobile Makerspace, will provide STEAM programming on the go. Materials include laptops, iPads, 3D printer and scanner, robotics, building sets, portable hotspots, arts and craft supplies, SNAP circuits, and sewing and embroidery tools. The Mobile Library and Make & Go provide outreach services to library branches throughout Caddo Parish, SPAR centers, schools, area nursing homes, assisted living facilities, day cares, and homes of individuals with disabilities that hinder mobility to visit a library branch.

On Friday, April 12, Shreve Memorial Library patrons are encouraged to “Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.).” D.E.A.R. Day is a national celebration of reading designed to remind families to make reading a priority activity in their lives. It is celebrated on the birthday of beloved children’s author, Beverly Cleary. The David Raines Branch, 2855 Martin Luther

King, Jr. Drive, will host a D.E.A.R. Day celebration from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to checkout or bring their favorite book to read in the library.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information on National Library Week programs or other programs at Shreve Memorial Library, please visit www.shreve-lib.org.

About National Library Week

  • National Library Week (April 7 – 13, 2019) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2019 National Library Week is “Libraries = Strong Communities,” and Gates Foundation co-founder Melinda Gates will serve as 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair. 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.

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