The Fairbury Public Library is gearing up to celebrate National Library Week beginning Monday, April 9, and they are asking people to get involved.
Debbie Aden, Director of the Fairbury Public Library, explained that there are some exciting opportunities people will not want to miss out on.
“April 9 through April 15 is National Library Week, and we’re doing a few things to celebrate,” said Aden. “Kids who visit during this week can get a free activity book about libraries that has a lot of puzzles and pictures to color. On the adult side, we’re starting a book bingo for adults that has a variety of genres which will run through the rest of the month. The prize will be a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card.”
People who have fines for overdue books have a chance to knock out some of those fines, and to help the community as well. Aden explained that people can bring in food and receive up to a maximum of $5 off of their fines. The food will be donated to the Blue Valley Community Action Food Pantry.
“The biggest thing that we’re doing this week is Food for Fines,” Aden said. “During the holidays there’s always a big push for food at the food pantry, but that need is still there throughout the year. One of the things we’re trying to do at the library is find ways to get involved in the community. For every item of food that people bring in, we will take off up to $1 of fines, a maximum of $5.
“It helps in one of two ways,” Aden continued. “One it helps the food bank to help people in need and two, if we have patrons who aren’t using the library because they have overdue fees, it will give them a chance to start using our materials again.”
Aden encourages people to like their Facebook Page to stay up to date on the latest events and new arrivals at the library. People who like the page can stop at the library during National Library Week and receive a free, special bookmark. She also encourages people to visit their website to take advantage of the programs they offer.
A new program at the library offers people the chance to learn new languages. Aden explained that they just gained to Mango Languages, which people can access anywhere with their library card.
“We just got Mango Languages, which is an online database to learn languages,” said Aden. “This is our first year. It has 12 languages. We’ll help you get signed up here at the library, but there’s an app people can use once people create an account. This is something unique for Fairbury, especially if we expand to the full program. It also has movies in other languages people can watch anytime.”
The Fairbury Public Library will host an event on April 18 at to help introduce how the program works and help people access the materials. Aden encourages anyone who is interested to attend. People can access Mango Languages on the Fairbury Public Library website.
Sign up for the Summer Reading Program will be available on April 15. with the program beginning in June. Kids involved in the program will have the opportunity to get exclusive access to a portable planetarium, which will be at the library in July.