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Book em: National Library Week kicks off April 13

Wy'east Artisans Guild exhibit also hosts reception
by: Garth Guibord, Katie Murphy, program coordinator at the Sandy Public Library, double-checks the information for a scavenger hunt that will be part of National Library Week, starting Sunday, April 13.

Patrons of the Sandy Public Library may take out up to 50 items at a time, and library director Beth Scarth noted that some people want to go over that limit. Now those patrons and others who take out fewer items can show their appreciation for all the hard work performed by library workers during National Library Week, starting Sunday, April 13.

'They are wonderful,' Scarth said of her library staff. 'We work very well together, support each other, and everyone just has a very strong drive to serve (and) to really help people find what they need.'

The week will kick off with Patron Appreciation Day on Sunday, April 13. Starting at 2 p.m., refreshments will be available, and patrons can meet the staff members who help them throughout the year.

On Tuesday, April 15, the tables will turn for Library Worker Day, where people are encouraged to show their appreciation for library staff. 'Thank you' notes will be available at the library for patrons to fill out.

The week also will feature a scavenger hunt with three divisions for youngsters in grade school, middle school and high school. A different hunt will be offered every day of the week with prizes for everyone who completes it and a grand prize given each day, including gift certificates to local businesses.

Program coordinator Katie Murphy noted that the hunts will give kids a fun activity to do at the library while learning how to use the various assets there.

'I wanted to make it more accessible to anybody who's at the library,' Murphy said. 'It's a great way for kids to pay attention to what the resources are.'

Of course, the library offers more than just the items that get checked out, such as books, movies and music. You can also find high-speed Internet, reference services, children's programs and art exhibits throughout the year.

The Wy'east Artisans Guild will hold a reception for its latest exhibit at the library at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13. The exhibit's theme is 'The Sea,' and it will run through May 11.

'We enjoy the opportunity to display the work of so many of our local artists,' said reference librarian Kathy Draine.

The Sandy Public Library is at 38980 Proctor Blvd. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 503-668-5537 or visit www.cityofsandy.com.