EAST CHICAGO | The week of April 13-19, the East Chicago Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those who support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
The East Chicago Public Library serves the city of East Chicago by providing books, magazines, DVD’s, reference services, monthly movie nights, pre-school story hour, meeting room space, cultural programming, summer reading programs for children and adults and much more.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Charles Moore, Interim Director. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.” The community is invited to join in the celebration by attending the following events which will be held at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive:
Open House | Tuesday, April 15 from 1-4 p.m., join us for an Open House to celebrate National Library Workers Day! You’re invited to join us as we welcome the East Chicago Public Library’s new library director, Ms. Ophelia Roop. Ms. Roop comes to us from California but is originally from Indiana. She has served as library director for over 20 years and her single goal in life is to continue to make a difference in people's lives through delivering to them great library services. In addition patrons are invited to take a “behind the scenes” tour to introduce library users to those men and women who make sure that their library experience is a positive one. Refreshments will be provided.
Patron Appreciation | Wednesday, April 16 from 9-11 a.m., join us for Patron Appreciation at the Main Library and at the Pastrick Branch, 1008 W. Chicago Avenue. Stop by for complimentary cookies and coffee and enter for a chance to win our patron appreciation basket.
Night of Stars | Thursday, April 17 from 6-7:30 p.m., join us for ‘Night of Stars’ Program. This program highlights the positive accomplishments and contributions made by East Chicago’s youth. On this night, the library will honor students in third , fourth and fifth grades who use the library on a regular basis. Teachers from East Chicago Urban Enterprise Academy were asked to select students from their class who have exhibited the most enthusiasm and interest in reading and show good citizenship in school. In addition to their love of books, many of the student “stars” have received academic honors and are involved in a variety of community activities. A reception for the honorees will be followed by a formal awards ceremony. Refreshments will be served.
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.
The community is invited to visit at any one of eight locations: Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive; Pastrick Branch, 1008 W. Chicago Ave.; King Center, 4802 Melville Ave.; Penn Center, 3550 Pennsylvania Ave.; 151st Center, 4925 Gladiola; Marktown Community Center, 3509 Spruce St.; Heritage Hall, 4506 Melville Ave. Main and Pastrick Branch Libraries hours are Monday thru Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call the library for Outreach Reading Room hours.
For additional information, please contact Ms. Cheryl L. Smith, Interim Department Head of Public Relations at 219.397.2453 Ext. 11 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.