Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13 at Wilkes County Public Library

Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13 at Wilkes County Public Library

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 12:36

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

Ready, set, library! National Library Week is April 7–13, 2024, and Wilkes County Public Library encourages everyone in the community to visit the library to take part in the festivities and explore all the library has to offer.

We’ll be kicking off the week on Monday, April 8, with Right to Read Day.  This is a National Day of Action in support of the right to read.  The State of America’s Libraries Report is released, including the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2023.  Check out our display and see what books made the list.  Celebrate your right to read!

On Tuesday, April 9, the Wilkesboro Speedway will be here with a race car to help us promote National Library Week’s slogan “Ready, Set, Library!”  Stop by for a visit and pose with the car for a cool photo shoot.  At 11:00 a.m. a special story time will be held featuring a reading by James Wood, a regional narrative folk artist and illustrator of children’s book “Where Do the Birds Sleep?  Also offered are some exciting crafting opportunities for all ages. We are inviting you to create some Book Spine Poetry and make some Book Origami while you’re here!

A special library proclamation will be read by our County Commissioner Chairman, Casey Joe Johnson, on Wednesday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m.   Come out to meet Casey Joe and hear about all the opportunities Wilkes County Public Library has to offer.  Pick up some awesome library swag on your visit.

The Friends of the Library will be hosting a Meet-and-Greet with light refreshments on Thursday afternoon, April 11.  Drop in for a visit and then head to their book sale at 613 Cherry St, North Wilkesboro.  They have the greatest little used bookstore in the county with books for everyone at rock-bottom prices. Open every second Thursday evening from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and all day on Friday and Saturday. All sales support library programming.

Also, on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., the library will be hosting a Poetry Open Mic Night at Merle’s in Wilkesboro.  This event will launch National Poetry Month, and everyone is invited to participate in the readings.  Bring a poem you’ve written or read something by one of your favorite poets.  Merle’s is located at 106 E Main St and this program is in their outdoor garden area (rain location is at Two Boros, across the street from Merles).

Throughout the week Wilkes County Public Library highlights many of its ‘hidden’ features in a fun Bingo game.  Pick up your Bingo card to explore & connect with the library and find empowerment & inspiration. Enter your completed Bingo card into a drawing for some exciting prizes.  Winners will be announced the following week.

Libraries give us a green light to experience something truly special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills, and pursue our passions through book clubs, story times, movie nights, crafting classes, lectures, and more. Wilkes County Public Library offers a wide array of programs, classes, and resources, including new library pickup lockers in Wilkesboro, next to the commons, for easy access to materials.

Wilkes County Public Library plays a pivotal role in economic development by providing resources and support for job seekers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.

No matter where you find yourself on the roadmap through life’s journey—preparing for a new career, launching a business, raising a family, or settling into retirement—Wilkes County Public Library offers the resources and support you need and an inclusive and supportive community where you will feel welcome.

So, get ready to explore, become inspired, and connect with others this National Library Week. Wilkes County Public Library is there for you, all the way to the finish line.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April.