National Library Week

April 13, 2019

Editor, Daily Times:

Take a look at some books ... for free ... read your favorite magazines and newspapers (most are available online) for free ... computer time... free. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Well, there’s a place where you can get all of this and even more, and that’s at your local Watertown Public Library. This by far is the best deal in town.

Please join me as we celebrate National Library Week this week. There are great activities for everyone. Let me highlight just a few of the special ones.

Show us your library card -- Check out three items this week and get a chance to win a Chamber Certificate.

Show us your shelfie -- I had to ask what this was all about myself. Just take a photo of yourself with your favorite book or your favorite type of book and the shelf where it is located in the library. Can you pick just one?

Fine free Friday -- The library staff will generously waive the fine on items your bring in on Friday. What a great way to do a little spring cleaning.

Kids and teen book bookmark contest -- Create a bookmark with the theme of the Summer Library Challenge: “Universe of Stories.” The winners will get their bookmark printed and handed out during the Summer Library Challenge which starts June 10. Oh, the winners will get a gift certificate to Mullen’s too.

Staff favorite bags -- Check out bags with the library staff’s favorite materials in them. Do you wonder what your favorite staff members favorite books, DVDs or CDs are?

Paddington Bear meet and greet -- Stop by on Friday and meet that cute cuddly bear at 3 p.m. and then stay awhile and watch the family movie “Paddington Bear 2” which starts at 4 p.m.

Children’s fair -- In case you miss Paddington there is another chance to meet him along with Miss Tina, the children’s librarian, at the high school from 9 a.m.-noon.

The Friends of the Library helps support programs and provides funds for many other projects. You can help friends continue their support by joining us for a brat at Glenn’s Brat Haus on April 19 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Let’s hope that there isn’t a big snowstorm like last year. We had to shovel off the picnic tables but the mini snow center pieces made us all smile. We also are sponsoring a mini book sale in conference room No. 1 Friday, May 17 and Saturday May 18. Stop by and check it out. (I am not really sorry for the interesting pun.)

You might want to visit the library during National Library Week, this week, and say a special hi to the staff.

I, for one, appreciate all they do.

Jan Runge

President of the Friends of Watertown Public Library