From April 10 to 16, the Allegany County Library System will be celebrating National¬†Library Week and its 2011 theme: "Create your own story @your library". What a great theme¬†to be celebrating, because our libraries are places full of new beginnings for people of all ages—Toddlers & Babies to Seniors. Stop by; get a feeling for what we have to offer you!
A few extras have been added to our regular weekly schedule of activities. A Comic¬†Book Exchange will be held at South Cumberland's After School on Monday, April 11. Teens¬†and tweens, grades 6-12, are invited to bring any comic books you've already read and exchange¬†them with someone else's! Stay awhile and see what After School is all about, each Monday,¬†Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m., plus catch the once a month Saturday Teen Book Talk, April 16 at 1 p.m.
Computer Classes for the week start on Monday at 11 a.m. with "Saving Your Work"¬†a our Frostburg Branch at 11 a.m. and will be repeated at Washington Street on Wednesday¬†at 11a.m. This is just one of many free computer class we offer for adults. Many classes are¬†for the novice user, some are for the advanced user on specific-use types of software. South¬†Cumberland's new Basics Series will be held during the week, but the very popular classes are¬†filled. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Call 301-687-0790 for Frostburg, 301-777-1200¬†for Washington Street, or 301-724-1607 for South Cumberland for more details on their series.
Read Out Loud will be held on Monday, April 11, 6:30 ¬†p.m. at the Westernport Branch.¬†This is a unique type of reading opportunity for kids in grades K-3, allowing them to experience¬†their voices reading aloud, building confidence masked as a fun sharing of the books they pick.¬†The usual full array of weekly preschool programs will be held—1 Babies & Books, 4¬†Toddler Times, 6 Story Times, and 1 Evening Story Time. Babies & Books is for children 0-18 months attending with a parent or adult caregiver. Toddler Time is for 18-36 months attending¬†with a parent or adult caregiver, except at Frostburg & George's Creek that invite those 6-36¬†months. Story Time is for ages 3-5, except at South Cumberland and George's Creek where ages¬†2-5 are welcome. Evening Story Time is open to children of all ages.
The weekly schedule is TUESDAY: Washington Street's Story Time at 10 a.m.,¬†Frostburg's Story Time at 11 a.m., George's Creek's Toddler Time at 11 a.m., Washington¬†Street's Toddler Time at 11:30AM, and Westernport's Story Time at 6:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY:¬†LaVale's Story Time at 10 a.m., LaVale's Toddler Time at 11:30 a.m. and George's Creek¬†Evening Story Time at 6:30 p.m.. THURSDAY: South Cumberland's Story Time at 10 a.m.,¬†Westernport's Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. and LaVale's Babies & Books at 11 a.m.
Join us Wednesday, April 13, for National Bookmobile Day. Find out who won the¬†basket of goodies, and enjoy giveaways at each stop: Belle Grove at 10 to 10:30 a.m., Green¬†Ridge Camp at 10:45 a.m. to noon, Flintstone Elementary School at 1 to 2 p.m., and Flintstone Post¬†Office at 2:15 to 2:45 p.m.. Other stops during the week include: on Tuesday ‚ÄďLighthouse Christian¬†Preschool 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., Willow Creek Adult Daycare at 10:30 to 10:45 a.m., Friends Aware at¬†11 a.m. to noon, Bel Air Elementary School at 1 to 2 p.m., and Hannah Plaza at 2:15 to 3 p.m. Thursday -¬†Another busy day with stops starting at Humpty Dumpty at 9 to 10:30 a.m., Smiling Faces Daycare¬†at 11 to 11:30 a.m., St. Luke's Learning Center at 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and Lighthouse Christian¬†Academy from 1 to 2 p.m. The Bookmobile finishes their week on Friday with stops at Gateway¬†Townhouses above McDonalds in South Cumberland at 9:30 to 10 a.m., Frostburg Heights¬†Apartments at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Mt. Ridge High School at 11:35 am. to 12:05 p.m. All stops are¬†open to the general public except the Green Ridge Camp stop.
The Washington Street Branch will hold their Adult Book Discussion of The Girl with¬†the Dragon Tattoo at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Everyone's invited to come experience this fun,¬†social way of broadening one's joy for reading.
Thursday April 14, all our libraries will be helping support area families with our annual¬†FOOD-FOR-FINES Day. Patrons can reduce their fines by turning in cans or boxes of non-¬†perishable food. Each can or box given will reduce your fine by $1.00. A maximum of $10¬†can be reduced off each library patron's card. The food is given to the Western Maryland Food¬†Bank!
Our collaborative effort with Frostburg State University's Read to Succeed one-on-one¬†weekly tutoring program will be at the South Cumberland Branch also on Thursday night from¬†5 to 7 p.m.
The Allegany County Library System's 2nd Annual Photography Contest and 11th Annual¬†Poetry Contest will run month-long, using this year's National Library Week theme. Record part¬†of your story in photos or poems, explore and capture your dreams, show where you've been¬†or where you're going. The deadline for both contests is April 30, 2011. Feel free to enter as¬†many photos or poems as you like. To submit a photo: visit the library's Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/groups/createyourstory/ . Participants must have a Flickr account to enter and¬†must agree to the library's Photo Consent Form. A prize will be given to the entry that best¬†captures the theme. The winner will have their work displayed in each of the library branches¬†and will receive a framed copy of the photo.¬†Original poems may be submitted at any library branch, on or before Saturday, April 30,¬†at 5 p.m. There will be four divisions again this year: Children up to and including 8 years of¬†age, Children 9-12, Teens ages 13-17, and Adults from 18 to 118. On each entry, include your¬†name, address, and phone number, plus your age. A prize will be awarded for each division, and¬†winning poems may be published in an upcoming issue of the library's Alle Update newsletter.
"Libraries now offer many opportunities for you and the members of your family to¬†come start a new part of your life story," commented Linda Burkey, Coordinator of Community¬†Outreach for the library system. "Hopefully you get a little idea of what a week in library life¬†is like ‚Äďnot even including the library's 24/7 Online Library with its average of 27,047 hits¬†per month, and our 43,829 items checked out per month, 10,673 patrons assisted each month,¬†and 5,600 computer sign-ups per month. We seem to be looked upon as a valuable resource in¬†Allegany County! Have you discovered us yet?"
The Allegany County Library System operates six branches‚ÄĒWashington Street in¬†Cumberland, Frostburg, South Cumberland, LaVale, George's Creek, and Westernport. It¬†also has a bookmobile that serves schools, daycares, and outlying areas. Our 24/7 On-Line¬†library, with reference databases and Free Tutors, is accessible at the website given below.¬†We offer public technology training as well as a circulating collection of books, magazines,¬†large print materials, DVDs, gaming software, music and books on CD, and downloadable¬†music, e-Books and audiobook. Each branch subscribes to numerous newspapers and provides¬†computers for accessing the Internet. For more information call 301-777-1200, visit us at¬†www.alleganycountylibrary.info or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.