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V.I. Public Libraries Celebrate National Library Week

April 8 through April 14 is National Library Week, which is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide, according to a press release from the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources. This year, the American Library Association (ALA) has set the theme for the week as “You Belong @ Your Library.”
In recognition of National Library Week and in celebration of Virgin Islands Public Libraries, DPNR’s Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums announces a week of activities and events:
St. Thomas – Enid M. Baa Public Library
Thursday, April 12: Display of the History of Enid M. Baa Public Library
9:30a.m. -11 a.m. Scheduled school visits
2:30 p.m. -4 p.m. – Library afterschool fun day in the Children’s Room (games, movies, storytelling and more)
St. Croix – Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Golden Rock otherwise known as theTalking Books library. Talking Books, is a program making reading possible for visually impaired and physically handicapped individuals nationwide and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This free library program brings reading materials in digital audio and braille formats straight to the homes of patrons from preschoolers to centenarians. Books on digital cartridge, digital talking-book players and braille books are sent to patrons via the U.S. mail at no cost to users. People who sign up with the program also have the option of downloading books and magazines over the Internet in audio or braille format.
Thursday, April 12: Florence Williams Public Library (St. Croix)
10 a.m.-11 a.m. VI Energy Office presentation to scheduled classes
Friday, April 13: Park Rangers @Your Library, Florence William Public Library
10 a.m –11 a.m. National Park Service Rangers Reading @ Your Library
Saturday, April 14: Activities @ Your Library Florence Williams Public Library (Christiansted, St. Croix)
6 a.m. – until completion = 30th Annual RUN TO YOUR LIBRARY with VI Pace Runners $10 Entry Fee
Start Florence Williams Public Library in Christiansted Course: King St. – Strand St. Loop5K = 3.1 Miles Awards to top finishers http://virginislandspace.org
Athalie Petersen Public Library (Frederiksted, St. Croix) in collaboration with Virgin Islands Council of the Arts (VICA)
10 a.m.-1 p.m. = St. Croix Bookmobile @ the Athalie M. Petersen Public Library
Exhibit and Learning Talk/Division of Fish and Wildlife@ the Dorsch Center
10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m Children’s authors reading: Winifred “Oyoko” Loving and Denise Bennerson, Ph.D., adult author: Richard Schrader (sharing his excerpts from his books)
St. John
Thursday, April 12: Story Hour @the Elaine Sprauve Public Library (St. John)
9:30a.m. – 10 a.m. Sprauve School Kindergarten 10 a.m. -10:30 a.m. Sprauve Headstart 10:30a.m.-11 a.m. Gifft Hill Readers: Nadia Dudkin, Anna Tuttle, Joanne Hall, Gerry Kotas, Julie Lonski
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
For more information, contact the Enid Baa Public Library on St. Thomas at 774-0630, the Florence Williams Public Library at 773-5715 and the Athalie Petersen Public Libraries at 772-0315 on St. Croix or the Elaine I. Sprauve Public Library at 776-6359, or visit the public library’s Web site at www.virginislandspubliclibraries.org for a calendar of events or more information.

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