OUR VIEW: Celebrate your local library this week

There’s no doubt that even in today’s technology driven world, libraries play an important role in our lives.

That’s why we’re joining others in celebrating National Library Week April 13 through 19.

Manistee County Library boasts five branches, including the main branch in Manistee, and serves 24,640 county residents with an annual circulation exceeding 160,000.

In addition to the numerous books, periodicals, magazines and audio books lent out, some libraries serve as community centers.

Our local system offers 40 public computers, free WiFi throughout all the libraries, which extends to the parking lot, and fax, copy machine and printer services are available.

Special for National Library Week, the main branch in Manistee will expand on the “Lives change @ your library®” theme with a presentation from Port City Organics.

At 6 p.m. tonight, Polly from Port City Organics will offer tips on making healthier choices, learn about local resources for helping you make those choices and check out the library’s large collection of educational/motivational books, cookbooks, magazines and DVDs that can help you live a healthier lifestyle.

The library also is hosting a book mark design contest for adults and children. Pick up a blank book mark and contest rules at any of the branch locations. The deadline to enter is April 22; the winner will be announced on April. 28.

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. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries — school, public, academic and special — participate.

Libraries are adapting to the digital age and now offer even more services.

We encourage you to take the kiddos out to your local branch library and see what it has to offer.

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