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Book sale Saturday kicks off library week

Ellsworth Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the hearts of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities' needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

"Service to the community has always been the focus of the library," said Shelley Anderson, director. "While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community."

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. Stop in the Ellsworth Public Library to see what the local library can do!

The Friends of the Library are having their book sale this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to kick off National Library Week. Get some great deals on books!

They're also having their annual Mystery Quilt Show all month long, a Peeps Contest, Culver's Coloring Contest, a Hoopla Hula Hoop Contest, guessing jar, refreshments and more.

For more information, visit the library at 312 West Main St., call 715-273-3209 or see the library's web site at Library hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.