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Celebrate libraries in April

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By Special to the Monitor

National Library Week, April 13-19, is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide and the perfect time to discover how you can join the “Circle of Knowledge @ Your Library.”The Los Alamos County Libraries are celebrating National Library Week with the following events:• Fun library giveaways will be held at all service desks, courtesy of the Friends of Mesa Public Library.• Patrons may enter a drawing at the Mesa circulation desk to win prizes and behind-the-scenes tours given by Library Manager Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan. Five winners will be chosen.• National Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 17. Poem bookmarks will be given away at all service desks for everyone to share with someone during the day.• Album Amicorum, a traveling exhibit of paper marbling from international artists will be in the Mesa Public Library Gallery April 1-30. A public reception and gallery talk with Tom Leech, director of the press at the Palace of the Governors, will be given at 5:30 p.m. April 15. And, from 1-4 p.m. April 19 Leech will give a paper marbling demonstration at Fuller Lodge Art Center.“Everyday, libraries in big cities and small towns, colleges and universities, in schools and in businesses help transform their communities,” said Stephani Johnson, community services director. “At our libraries, people of all backgrounds can come together for community meetings, lectures and programs, to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to get a job or to find homework help.”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 theme for the week this year is “Join the Circle of Knowledge at Your Library.”For more information, visit Mesa Public Library at 2400 Central Avenue or White Rock Branch Library at 133 Longview Drive, call 662-8240, or see the library’s website at library.losalamosnm.us. Both libraries’ hours are from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.