National Library Week

Cumberland County Commissioners recently issued a proclamation acknowledging April 7-13 as National Library Week. Pictured, from left, are: Cumberland County Commissioners Gary Eichelberger, Vince DiFilippo, Library System Executive Director Carolyn Blatchley (accepting the National Library Week Proclamation) and Commissioner Jim Hertzler.


National Library Week, (April 7-13) an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of cities, towns, schools, and campuses. They have public spaces where people can come together and connect.

Cumberland County’s public libraries lead their communities with educational, cultural, and entertaining programs, as well as authoritative and interesting materials. Visitors can browse and borrow an extensive collection of books, DVDs and more. The county’s libraries loan hotspots for wireless internet access on the go, host concerts and movies, bring foreign language immersion to the community, and host speakers on topics of current interest.

“Libraries are cornerstones of democracy, promoting the free exchange of information and ideas for all,” said Carolyn Blatchley, library system executive director. “They also foster civic engagement by keeping people informed and aware of community events and issues.”

Member libraries are celebrating National Library Week with a variety of programs and special events for visitors of all ages. Participate in a book group, attend a lecture, join a story or craft time, and take advantage of special discounts at participating Carlisle businesses when you show your library card.

Special programs for the week of April 7-13 include:

-- VIP Guest Readers - Fire Chief Gary Neff, Firefighter Brian Smithmyer, Mechanicsburg Mayor Jack Ritter, and Pennsylvania State Representative Sheryl Delozier for Story Times and Family Storytimes at Simpson Library, Mechanicsburg.

-- Author Appearance: Kaden Hurley, author of “Elves of Zeoch: The Last Two,” Graham Library, Newville.

-- Vintage Quilt Trunk Show, New Cumberland Public Library

-- Growing Your Family Tree with Resources from the John Graham Library, Newville.

Regular program offerings include Read to the Dogs, Little LEGOs, Bingo for Books, Pennsylvania Trivia from A to Z, Drop Everything and Read, Family Movie Night, Dungeons and Dragons, and so much more.

For more information on these programs and events, visit any of the system’s libraries, located in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Enola, Mechanicsburg, Mount Holly Springs, New Cumberland, Newville and Shippensburg.

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