This year’s theme of National Library Week — April 14-20 — is Communities Matter @ Your Library and it is a favorite of mine because communities are at the heart of what a library is and what a library does.
Libraries build communities by providing things like books, DVDs and programs for education and entertainment. Libraries also offer a space where you can learn or work and have access to expert help from our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Most importantly, libraries are a place where you can connect with others in our community.
Residents of the Fountaindale Public Library District now have a great way to do something very cool and unique for their community in Studio 300. The latest and greatest tools and software and, most importantly, trained staff are available to help you make something for your community.
We have some great events planned for National Library Week, too
• Author Fair: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
We will be hosting at least 35 authors at our annual Author Fair. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet the authors and purchase their books. Several of the children’s authors will be doing readings of their work in the Story Time Room. Creme de la Creme Preschool and Daycare will also be at the library with a table of craft activities for kids.
• At the Movies with Lincoln: 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday
Join us as we continue to celebrate “The Life of Lincoln” with the Great Read Program. We will be showing the latest “Lincoln” movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field.
• Fountaindale Genealogy Day: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20
Learn about how to access information for genealogy research. We will have sessions on Homesteading Records, Naturalization Papers and Railroad Records.
Our Childrens Services Department will also have a daily craft related to our National Library Week theme.
We also have options to clear up fines and overdue items during National Library Week.
The annual Food for Fines program during the week gives patrons the opportunity to eliminate or reduce fines. For each unexpired canned, boxed, bagged or bottled non-perishable food item that you bring in, the library will remove $2 from your overdue fines up to $20.
All food items received will be donated to the DuPage Township Food Pantry.
Paul Mills is executive director of Fountaindale Public Library District.