National Library Week April 2-8

April 2-8 will be National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers to their schools and communities.

“National Library Week is the perfect time to come in and see how we can help you change your world,” says Pat Conley, Washington County Library director. “Whether you’re looking to make a small change in your life or a big change in the world, Washington County Library has the books and magazines, databases and free Internet access that can help you get it done.”

During National Library Week, Washington County Library will be hosting the following events:

• Book sale, Wildwood Branch Library, 763 Stillwater Rd., Mahtomedi, March 31-April 2, during regular library hours

• Author program with Cynthia Bend talking about her book for children, “Billy’s Goat,” at Valley Branch Library, 380 St. Croix Tr. S, Lakeland, April 3 at 4 p.m.

• Antiques program, Valley Branch Library, April 4 at 7 p.m.

• For young families, a special program entitled “Celebrating Music and Movement,” Wildwood Branch Library, April 8 at 3 p.m.

• Book sale, Valley Branch Library, April 6-8, during regular library hours

“Libraries have always been places of opportunity and one of the best values in the community,” adds Joe Manion, RH Stafford library manager and head of Reference Service for the Washington County Library system. “The librarians and library staff at Washington County Library are there to help you find what you’re looking for so you can achieve your goals.”

This year is a landmark in library service for Washington County residents: almost 40 years ago, on May 4, 1966, the County Board of Commissioners voted to establish Washington County Library. Over the years, Washington County Library has grown to include nine branch libraries located throughout the county, with associate libraries in the cities of Stillwater and Bayport. In 2005, Washington County Library served over 143,000 library cardholders and circulated almost 2,000,000 items.

During 2005, Washington County Library added downloadable audio eBooks to its list of services, added WiFi at two library locations (Woodbury and Lake Elmo), reopened a branch in Lake Elmo (the new Rosalie E. Wahl Library) and more. Planning is underway for a new Forest Lake Branch Library facility that will be a part of a new North Service Center in Washington County, with a groundbreaking scheduled for May 2006.

For information about Washington County Library locations and events, call the Information Desk at 731-1320 or see the Library’s Web pages at www.co.washington.mn.us/ library.

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