POSTED: March 20, 2019
This April, the Oak Ridge Public Library (ORPL) joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise.
April 7-13 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools, and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.
ORPL helps lead the way in creating strong communities by starting with our youngest citizens, offering educational programming in its Children’s Room. The library also houses an extensive archive with materials dating back to the early days of Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project.
“Libraries are cornerstones of democracy, promoting the free exchange of information and ideas for all,” ORPL Director Julie Forkner said. “They also foster civic engagement by keeping people informed and aware of community events and issues.”
The community can also get involved by sharing a favorite library memory on social media by tagging @OakRidgePubLib on Facebook or Twitter and using the hashtag #MyLibraryMyStory or by filling out a story card at the main desk. Join the fun and dress up like your favorite book character all day on Tuesday, April 9. Bring out your inner Tita de la Garza, Nick Robinson, Shuri, Percy Jackson, Ranger Manoso, Galadriel, Edison Cheng, Pete the Cat, or another favorite. Participating patrons will get a prize.
Stay tuned for new things coming to ORPL during National Library Week. The Library will be launching a new catalog system with improved features and a survey for patrons to give feedback on future changes.
For more information, call ORPL at (865) 425-3455 or visit the library website.