Local libraries celebrate National Library Week

Staff Writer

The Starkville Public Library and Bryan Public Library are hosting events throughout the week in honor of National Library Week, which runs from April 8 through April 14.

The theme of this year's National Library Week is "Libraries Lead."

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Starkville Public Library will host Tiny Tot Story Time. At 4 p.m. on Thursday, the library will host a family-friendly movie night showing "Horton Hears a Who."

Also on Thursday, Starkville Public Library's Books and Authors will feature poet Catherine Pierce who will discuss her book "The Tornado is the World" as a part of National Poetry Month along with National Library Week. The program will begin at 11 a.m. with refreshments to follow.

Starkville Public Library director Ginny Holtcamp said Starkville Public Library is a leader in the community by offering technology through computer access, wifi and Kindles to patrons.

Holtcamp said Starkville Public Library also offers a large print section for elderly readers or for children or others with vision or reading disabilities.

Starkville Public Library has branches in Maben and Sturgis.

Bryan Public Library in West Point is also hosting several events during the week in recognition of National Library Week.

On Tuesday, young book-lovers can "Spring into a Good Book" from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Bryan Public Library. Through a partnership with the West Point Junior Auxiliary, participants can take part in literary activities, story time and a free book.

Also in recognition of National Poetry Month, Bryan Public Library will host Luncheon with Books Thursday at noon. Poets Michael Shelton and Gayle Newby will be the guest speakers, and lunch is provided with a $6 donation.

“National Library Week gives librarians a chance to shine a light on all of our services," Bryan Public Library circulation librarian Valerie Hargrove said. "Our library can offer a variety of services from helping you find your favorite book to various kinds of technology assistance. See what your local library can offer you and I promise you won’t be disappointed.”