For the past 61 years, National Library Week has been a nationally observed tradition, and this week, like many other libraries across the U.S., the Adams County Library acknowledged the great resources that libraries provide citizens.
This year’s National Library Week theme was “Libraries = Strong Communities,” and the Adams County Library celebrated it by hosting different educational events for each day of the week.
Head librarian LaNae Kristy wanted National Library Week at the Adams County Library to be for the entire family. To accommodate, the library hosted events for all ages.
Kids had a blast in the library basement creating book crafts and food crafts while parents were able to interact first-hand with different library resources.
“We typically try to have activity in the basement for kids until 5 o’clock. This year I read them a story and then we got into the spring crafting. We also did a food craft because the kids always get hungry,” said librarian Kristy.
People attending the event were genuinely surprised at just how many engaging resources and fun avenues of research the library showcased.
The beginning of the week started with a workshop on how to look into people’s ancestry and genealogy. Using the library’s free access to Ancestry.com, people learned how to find historic remnants, like aged photos and birth and death records, of distant relatives in their family tree.
“It’s so fun to watch someone put in some relative’s name and get a yearbook picture,” said Kristy.
On Tuesday and Thursday, people were encouraged to bring their mobile devices for Kristy’s seminar on how to utilize online resources and apps for library rentals. Kristy highlighted how to use the phone apps Overdrive and RBdigital so people can check out and read books from the convenience of their phones.
Kristy said that people are always encouraged to bring their mobile devices to the library. According to Kristy, they dedicated two days to online resources because people are very interested in looking up e-books and audio books.
“I always encourage people to bring their phone, tablet, or laptop,” said Kristy.
Wednesday was dedicated to teaching people how to use North Dakota State Library resources. Kristy showed families how to connect to the state database for scholarly journals, encyclopedias, and magazines.
“I encourage any home school families to come in to use the data base. All the things you use in college, we have access to through the state library,” said Kristy, “It’s real information so it’s very helpful. I really encourage people that haven’t looked at the state library resources to come and do that because it’s incredibly useful.
The Adams County Library also took the opportunity to celebrate Librarian Jan Schauer’s birthday, which coincided with National Library Week. Every day, the library provided cake, cookies, lemonade, and coffee to celebrate.
The Adams County Library lived up to this year’s National Library Week theme, “Libraries = Strong Communities” by being an integral part of the Adams County Community.