By Jillian Rael, Library Director
What a wonderful National Library Week celebration we had! The Library staff sends our sincerest gratitude to all who were able to contribute their time: Rev. Craig Carmichael and Stinson Knott for their incredibly moving rendition of Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham City Jail and the Pride & Prejudice cast members that came for both Story Hours and the Children’s Tea.
If you were unable to be here for the Dr. King reading, you missed out on an incredible moment. But, do not despair, the reading is being streamed on FPU’s website, on Channel 6 and will soon be available for check out here at the Library thanks to Joe Young at WEKR.
We were finally able to decide our Essay Contest winners last week and had a wonderful time presenting the young people with their prizes. First place winners Alexandra Perez of LCHS, Millie Slayton of South Lincoln and Madisyn McFerrin of FHS took home new Kindle Paperwhites with WiFi capabilities (donated by the Junior Round Dozen) and preloaded with the READS app. Second place winners Mason Mullins of Highland Rim, Hannah Truss of Riverside Christian Academy and William Gentry of LCHS were awarded gift certificates to The Book Inn on the Fayetteville Square (donated by The Book Inn).
We received a large quantity of essays, and they were all so good! Our final decisions were difficult, and I want to commend all the participants for your hard work, and we thank you for sharing your kind words and fond memories of the Library. Each essay was so different and brought to light the many reasons why our public library is important, both individually and as a community.
Our winning essays will be printed here in The Elk Valley Times as well as featured on the Library’s Facebook page.
We have only a few events left to round out this busy April calendar. April 24 First Lady Crissy Haslam will be at the Library with the volunteers of the Imagination Library from 2 until 4 p.m. to promote early childhood literacy and sign children up for Library cards. April 30 our Friends of the Library Speaker Series continues with Jose Betancourt speaking about antiquated photographs. That event will take place in the Genealogy Room at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to our events because we love to see you at the Library!