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Column: Library aids in achieving community goals

4:54 PM, Mar. 25, 2013  |  Comments
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April is National Library Month, and this year's theme is "Community Matters."

The United Way's LIFE report, which was released last year, had five "calls to action," and I would like to highlight how the library aids in achieving those goals.

The three areas that will be mentioned are living wages, the academic achievement gap and the aging population.

The library has many things that contribute to our county's economic health. As Portage County lacks a job center, the library has created four computers specifically for job seekers in Stevens Point. Next to our jobs computers we have a collection of books about résumés, interviews and careers. The library also has provided one-on-one training to patrons needing help with computers and technology.

The library is happy to provide many materials to parents and children who want to continue reading outside of school. Research has shown that students who engage in reading throughout the summer have a much smaller decrease in skills when they start school again in the fall.

The care needed for the county's aging population is another call to action from the United Way's LIFE report. The library provides materials to the families providing the care, such as books and videos that provide support. The library also has a homebound program that provides materials to residents unable to come to the library.

April 23 is World Book Night. People who sign up to participate in World Book Night are given 20 free copies of a book they choose out of 30 titles. The goal is to hand them out in the community on April 23 to "non-readers." Look for these givers to receive your free book, and thank them for encouraging literacy in Portage County! Go to www.us.worldbooknight.org for more information.

In May, the Youth Services staff members will visit all fifth- and sixth-grade classes in the area to promote our Summer Library Program and to highlight wonderful new books to read during the summer. Because of this, our regular programming will not take place. Visit us in April for your last chance to attend storytimes, Chess Club, book clubs and Teens Create programs, before our schedule changes for the summer.

Julitta Szczepanska will read from and discuss from her new book "Litka: A Memoir of the War" in a program at 1 p.m. April 13 in the Pinery Room. Szczepanska details what it was like living in Poland during World War II. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

The April library book discussion book is "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. In this fictional memoir, Hadley Hemingway chronicles the life and career of her husband, famed 20th century writer Ernest Hemingway. Through Hadley's unique perspective, listeners get a behind-the-scenes look into the personal lives of the Lost Generation writers, including Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound. Discussions will be at 1:30 p.m. April 10 at 7 p.m. April 11. Both discussions will be in the Prairie Room. All are welcome.

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