This year, the Tuolumne County Library will again join libraries in schools, university campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than warehouses for books. Instead, libraries and librarians are change agents within their communities – transforming lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming. Libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide and level the playing field by providing free access to information and technologies that many in their communities would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Libraries help to ensure the American dream and promote democracy by providing service to all regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status.
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and meet the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
The Tuolumne County Library serves our community by providing early childhood and adult literacy programs, story times, book clubs, computer and technology help, e-book access, teen programs, research tools such as World Book Encyclopedia and the Genealogy Heritage Quest, free Internet access, books, magazines, movies, and audio books.
“The library has always been a place of unlimited possibilities,” said Lynn McCormick, Youth, Literacy, and Outreach Librarian. “Whatever your interest or need, the library and the library staff are here to provide you the resources you need to accomplish your goals and dreams.”
The Tuolumne County Library is celebrating National Library Week by offering Techno Drop-in Help for individuals with questions about their electronic devices from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day of National Library Week. Bring your device and questions to receive one-on-one assistance on the use of these wonderful technology tools.
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, visit the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, call 533-5507 or visit the library’s Web site at www.tuolcolib.org. Libraries hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.