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By Jillian Rael, Library Director
Happy National Library Week! April 14-20 is a nationally recognized time to celebrate libraries of all types, and we here at FLCPL have worked up a number of activities to commemorate the occasion.
On Tuesday, April 16, the Library is hosting a very special event in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail. At 1 p.m., Rev. Craig Carmichael of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, joined by Minister Stenson Knott, will read Dr. King’s historic letter for the public. This event is part of a worldwide celebration hosted by the Birmingham Public Library. Locations throughout the globe will host readings, and I am proud to say that the Lynchburg campus of Motlow State Community College will also take part. For more information you can visit http://www.bplonline.org and view all the locations celebrating.
Our public reading will be recorded by FPU and will air on both Channel 6 and WYTM the following day.
Wednesday, April 17n cast members from the Carriage House Players Pride & Prejudice production will be at the Library to host a very special Story Hour. The cast will return on Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. to host our Pride & Prejudice Tea. Children of all ages are welcome to attend and learn not only about Jane Austen’s classic book but also the characters and the traditions of English teas. Registration is required for food purposes and seating. Stop by or call the Library to sign up!
On Thursday, April 19, your state legislators will be at the Library to take a tour and mingle with the community (provided the legislative session does not run over and cause complications). Secretary Hargett, Rep. Spivey, Rep. March and Sen. Tracy are all slated to arrive around 2 p.m. to show support for our public library and for the need for library funding. This event is open to everyone, so come out and say hello!
Finally, I would like to express our sincerest thanks to our local media outlets. The Elk Valley Times, FPU, and the radio stations who have been so incredibly supportive in allowing us to inform the community about Library happenings. It is so encouraging that you all have been so eager and enthusiastic to promote our Library and we cannot thank you enough. Your efforts have helped us build a larger patron base and we have wonderful turnouts to our events … we couldn’t do it without you!