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 –Lighthouse 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 –not 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—Washington 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.