National Library Week will be observed April 12-18 with the theme, “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library.”
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.
To celebrate, return overdue items to Latzer Library and fines will be waived during this week.
Latzer Library offers many programs throughout the year. Here’s a look at some of the things going on “@ Your Library.”
Per Capita Grant
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded $15.2 million to 635 libraries through Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants. The grants program was established to help libraries improve and increase services. Grant amounts of up to $1.25 per person served are available, on an annual basis, to all Illinois local public libraries.
Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library will be receiving $12,398.75, which will be dedicated to upgrades and additions to technology. Additional equalization grants are available for libraries with a low tax base, but Latzer Library does not qualify for those funds. Technology is very important to keep libraries vital to patrons and the communities that they serve.
Looking Glass Genealogy Group
This genealogy group meets the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Everett Genealogy Room at Latzer Library. Resources, tips, and ideas are shared to assist with family history and genealogy research. Guest speakers and field trips are also occasionally planned.
Kathy Kessels, executive secretary, has been leading this group for over a decade now and has extensive knowledge of genealogy research. The library also maintains a large collection of rare, local history items and subscribes to both Heritagequest.com and Ancestry.com.
Also available for use in the Genealogy Room are two microfilm reader printers, one of which is a brand new Scan Pro 1100. With this technology, old microfilm can be searched and the articles, photos, or information that is found can be printed, emailed, or saved to an external device or disc through the computer that runs the reader. Microfilm dating back to 1860 is available, some of which is in German.
Join other book enthusiasts to discuss interested books the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the library. Led by volunteer Angie Chute, this program is recommended for adults and high school students. The books that have been chosen for the rest of the year are:
• April:Ready Player One
, by Ernest Cline;
• May:The Guernsey Literary & Potato Pie Society
, by Mary Ann Shaffer ;
• June:The Aviator’s Wife
, by Melanie Benjamin;
• July:The Group
, by Mary McCarthy;
• August:Women of the Silk
, by Gail Tsukiyama;
• September:The Fault in Our Stars
, by John Green; and
• October:The Kitchen House,
by Kathleen Grissom.
Latzer Library and many other libraries in the Illinois Heartland Library System have entered the electronic age in a BIG way. Together, we have joined to form the 3M Cloud — a part of eReadIllinois. At the present time, the 3M Cloud collection includes almost 7,000 e-books that can be downloaded from the online patron access catalogwww.ilshareit.com at no cost to the patron.
Also available to patrons is an online electronic magazine consortium, called Zinio. Patrons can check out and download a wide variety of magazines to their computer or reading device. There is no limit to the number of magazines that can be checked out. After the magazine is checked out, it is on your computer or reading device until you choose to delete it.
Just a few of the more than 170 magazines available are Food Network, Good Housekeeping, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Women’s Day, Car & Driver, Apple Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Country Gardens, The Economist, Eating Light, Elle, Forbes, Glamour, National Geographic and so many more.
Patrons can page through the magazines on their device, as well as go directly to articles or links from multiple pages. Recipes or articles can also be saved or shared with friends through various options.
Stop in and join in the fun the fourth Monday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. for Lego Club. All ages are welcome to come use their imagination to build Lego creations. The library supplies the Legos. You supply the creativity. Donations of Legos that are no longer used are also welcome. This program has been very popular.
On the third Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., children practice reading to a trained therapy dog. The PAWS for Reading program utilizes the dogs, which are viewed as non-threatening, to promote reading, writing and increased social skills in children. Gypsy and Amigo (along with their handlers Debra and Kelly) donate their time to make this valuable and unique program a success.
TumbleBooks, a database designed especially to promote reading and education for grades kindergarten to fourth grade, is available on the Latzer Library website under the “Resources” tab. This collection includes more than 550 e-books (in English, French and Spanish), animated books, games, puzzles, read-alongs, videos and many teacher resources.
Story hours and summer reading programs are featured throughout the year with activities for children of all ages. Lap sit programs are for ages 18 to 36 months. Story hours are for ages 3 to 5. Family programs for all ages also bring stories to life through puppet shows, performers, crafts and special snacks. Performers for this year’s summer reading program, “Read to the Rhythm,” are already set up. Watch for sign-up information sometime in May.
Upcoming story hours and events include:
• PAWS Program - April 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.;
• Lego Club - April 27 from 4 to 5 p.m.;
• “Butterflies” - May 6 at 10 a.m. (ages 3 to 5);
• “Who’s on the Farm” - May 7 at 10 a.m. (18 to 36 months);
• Lego Club - May 18 from 4 to 5 p.m.;
• PAWS Program - May 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Math Club will meet at 4 p.m. on the following days:
• April 9 (grades 3-5);
• April 15 (grades K-2);
• April 16 (grades 3-5);
• April 22 (grades K-2);
• April 23 (grades 3-5).
• Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m to 8 p.m.
• Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For additional information, call 654-5066 or go to www. highlandillibrary.org.
Angela Kim is the director of Louis Later Memorial Library in Highland.