Jasper library to participate in National Library Week

By JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 4/1/18

The Jasper Public Library will be hosting several special events during National Library Week, which will be held April 8-14.Several local authors will be at the library on Sunday, April 8 for a book …

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Jasper library to participate in National Library Week

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The Jasper Public Library will be hosting several special events during National Library Week, which will be held April 8-14.

Several local authors will be at the library on Sunday, April 8 for a book signing. 

Authors who have confirmed to date are Jennifer Henderson, Lynelle Graham, Nancee Cain, Wheeler Pounds, Roy Pounds and Al Blanton.

The gospel group Eagle's Wings will be performing during the event, which will be from 2 to 4 p.m. 

On Tuesday, April 10, historian Jim Phillips will be speaking on Alabama's forgotten antebellum towns from 4 to 5 p.m.

On Thursday, April 12, a representative of the Magic City LEGO User Group will be helping children age 5 to 12 build their own LEGO creations from 4 to 6 p.m.

All programs are free and open to the public.

National Library Week is sponsored each April by the American Library Association. 

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the annual celebration of the nation's libraries and librarians.

The theme for the upcoming National Library Week is "Libraries Lead," which emphasizes the leadership of libraries and library workers in their communities and the role of libraries in helping patrons develop their own leadership skills.

The honorary chair of the event is Misty Copeleand, the first African American promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Copeland has written several books, including a memoir, Life in Motion, and a picture book, Firebird, that won the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award in 2015.

The Jasper Public Library is one of more than 9,000 public libraries that serve communities throughout the United States, according to the American Library Association.

Library patrons have access to a large collection of print titles as well as ebooks and audiobooks through the Libby app.

The library has a growing DVD collection of movies and TV shows for adults as well as children. 

The library offers a range of online databases available to patrons seeking homework help, genealogical information, automotive repair data or historical photos.

In addition, the library provides meeting space for local nonprofits, hosts monthly displays of the work of local artists and encourages reading through programs such as Story Hour and an annual summer reading program.