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April 12, 2014

National Library Week

CLINTON — Monday kicks off National Library Week and the Clinton Public Library has a lot in store for area residents.

In honor of the annual celebration, themed “Lives Change @ the Library” for 2014, the Clinton Public Library joins libraries in schools, community networks, college campuses and everywhere nationwide to highlight the values of libraries, librarians and all library workers.

“Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources,” Clinton Public Library Director Amy Birtell said. “Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and re-engage with each other, to enrich and shape the community.”

In order to draw some attention to the library during the significant week, Birtell and adult programming director Holly Youngquist pulled out all the stops to keep the people of Clinton engaged for National Library Week.

It all starts with a recognition reception at 1 p.m. Monday to highlight and praise volunteers of the library who help deliver books to homebound readers.

Following the reception, the library has a variety of other featured events that will take place each day including children’s reading times, Afternoon Adventures and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the library’s new teen section on the mezzanine.

While each daily event is geared toward different library demographics, the goal is to bring recognition to the library in its entirety, despite the differences visitors may have.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” Birtell said. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community. I love that libraries are constantly evolving while keeping the community’s needs as a focus.”

For more information about programming for National Library Week visit the Clinton Public Library or go to the library’s web site at

Amy Kent can be reached at



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