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Celebrate National Library Week April 14-20


Next week the West Linn Public Library will join libraries 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 can gather to connect and engage 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 meet the needs of the community. Libraries offers e-books and technology classes, early literacy programs for young families, programs for job seekers or a place for readers to explore the world from their chairs.

The library helps foster all types of communities. We see this in our library firsthand, in ways big and small. New moms connect at story time, small-business owners convene to share opportunities and teens meet up to collaborate on projects and to hang out together after school.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.

We encourage you to drop by the library’s Facebook page and tell us some of your library stories. To celebrate this week, here are some great books that feature libraries or librarians:by: SUBMITTED - 'The Borrower' by Rebecca Makkai is about a librarian who runs away with a troubled youth.

“The Borrower” by Rebecca Makkai

Lucy Hull, a young children’s librarian in Hannibal, Mo., finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, 10-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. Lucy stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds Ian camped out in the library after hours with a knapsack of provisions and an escape plan. Desperate to save him from his horrible parents, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian. The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend and upsetting family history thrown in their path.

“The Bad Book Affair” by Ian Sansom

Israel Armstrong lends the library’s copy of “American Pastoral” to a troubled teenage girl and soon she disappears. Israel thinks there may be a connection, but he needs to figure out what it is and find the girl, all while dealing with the trauma of a breakup and his impending 30th birthday.

“Here Lies the Librarian” by Richard Peck

by: SUBMITTED - Check out 'Here Lies the Librarian' by Richard Peck at the West Linn Library.

Fourteen-year-old Eleanor “Peewee” McGrath is a tomboy and automobile enthusiast in rural Indiana. One day, four female drivers arrive with a car that needs repair. They return to reopen the town library. Peewee finds role models in these young women and realizes that she can be female and independent at the same time.

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