National Library Week celebrates changes

Jackson County Public Library is joining libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the changes that are happening in today’s libraries.

April 10 through 16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers, according to a news release from the library.

Libraries today are more about what they do for and with library users as opposed to what they have for them. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies or just relax.

The Jackson County Public Library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including Ancestry.com, Chilton’s, Heritage Quest, hoopla, OverDrive, eBrary, Pronunciator and World Book, that can be accessed in person or online.

Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. The Seymour, Crothersville and Medora libraries are transforming by making more room for small group meetings and by adding children’s discovery stations for organized play.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” library director Julia Aker said. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is an observance sponsored by the American Library Association.

For information, visit the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour, Crothersville or Medora or the Discovery Bus or see the library’s website at myjclibrary.org.