A Library Wonderland

Thursday, March 30, 2006

A journey to Wonderland

As National Library Week begins Monday, the Storm Lake Public Library is gearing up for an ambitious effort to promote literacy in some unusual ways, beginning with a Mind Over Matter competition and culminating with a Day in Wonderland.

"We want to increase awareness," library Director Susan Stone said of the week's events. "We are fortunate to have really great use of our library in Storm Lake, but there are people who don't use the library or may not be aware of all we have to offer, and we would like them to check us out."

Along with technology from internet resources to audio books to DVD films, the library is stressing family literacy, she said.

"The library is the vehicle, it starts with the family. That's why we are creating programming for babies all the way up to senior citizens. I can't encourage parents enough to start reading to kids very young - even as infants. Expose them to reading, bring them to libraries. We are trying to help parents raise readers, and that is a real issue today. Children need to read so that they have the best chance to succeed in school and in life, and do they can continue to read and be curious and enjoy all of their lives."

A series of three National Library Week events are planned:

* On Monday, April 3rd, at 6 p.m., BVU athletes and the library join forces to bring the "Mind Over Matter" obstacle course for middle school students. The kids will have a chance to meet BVU sports stars and complete a physical and mental obstacle course. Food and prizes, including an Ipod Shuffle, will be given out.

* On Thursday, April 6th, at 7 p.m., local cookbook author, Cindy Molgaard, will be giving "Tips and Tastes" from her Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter cookbooks with the opportunity to purchase and have her publications signed. Samples of her recipes will be available to try.

On Saturday, April 8th, starting at 2 p.m., the Beta Beta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and the library will host "A Day in Wonderland," commemorating the 140th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice in Wonderland. Children will have the opportunity to complete activities with Alice and all of her friends. The experience will end with the Mad Hatters tea party. This is a come and go event welcome to preschool and elementary aged children.

All of the programs will be open to the public and free of charge and are sponsored by Friends of the Storm Lake Public Library and Colorize. For information about these or any other programs at the library, please call 732-8026.

All of the libraries of Buena Vista County would like to remind the public that next week (April 2 to April 8) is National Library Week., and many are offering special events for the public.

"The American Library Association reminds us all to appreciate what our libraries do for us," said Sue Pedersen, of the Alta Community Library.

"Libraries have always been part of the American dream - places of education, self-help and lifelong learning. With Free resources like books magazines, CDs, internet access and databases, libraries help people find new jobs, do better in school tackle projects and learn new languages. Librarians teach people how to find and use information so they can succeed in today's information age. But supporting their communities' growth and change, libraries also help them remain educated and vibrant."

Our libraries also help keep us connected, providing a space for people of all ages, classes and races to come together, while keeping us connected to events and people around the world, she said. It's where people can keep up with world events or research where to volunteer locally.

All residents of the county are especially invited to visit their local libraries next week to learn what is new in the facilities, and to express their support for the mission and staffs of these community libraries.

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