HCDPL excited to celebrate National Library Week

HCDPL excited to celebrate National Library Week

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Libraries throughout the nation will celebrate National Library Week April 3-9, and Holmes County is no different. The hope of the Holmes County District Public Library is to bring greater awareness as to the array of benefits of reading and all the other benefits that go along with the services of the library.

“The theme for this year is ‘Connect with Your Library,’ and its patrons have more methods for engaging with their local library than ever before in this post-COVID world,” said Paula Cicconetti, director of the Holmes County District Public Library. “We are excited to be able to get back to offering a variety of in-person activities, but most importantly, we want to simply share the message that we want to celebrate reconnecting after what has been a trying period during the pandemic.”

Cicconetti said with the pandemic closing the library for a length of time, there may be many people who haven’t been to the library for a while and utilized its many services.

For those who envision the old days of books and magazines making up the library, they might be in for a surprise.

Yes, those staples remain, but there are areas dedicated to children and teens. The story board walking trail near the main branch provides an opportunity for families to combine the great outdoors with reading as they walk and visit each station, and the main library also provides extended Wi-Fi into its parking lot for the convenience of patrons. It also has sewing machines available to check out, as well as yard and lawn games like cornhole, a giant Connect 4 game and even discs that can be borrowed to enjoy the disc golf course next door.

“We’ve really expanded what we offer,” Cicconetti said. “We want National Library Week to serve as an opportunity to reconnect with people and to showcase all the different activities and material we have. The outdoor games are perfect to rent for a week for a family reunion or a vacation.”

She said those visiting both the main library and the east library in Walnut Creek will want to sign up for door prizes throughout the week.

Cicconetti said the word “connect” is a perfect option for the week in more ways than just reconnecting people with the library in person. She said it also refers to connecting through technology and digitally, whether that is by using the library’s eBook capabilities to expand the world through digital print or faxing and printing services.

“There’s a whole lot to explore for those who haven’t been here for a while,” Cicconetti said. “We are excited to invite everyone to stop by during National Library Week and reconnect with us and with each other as we celebrate coming out of the pandemic and getting back to life.”

The Holmes County District Public Library Main Branch is located at 3102 Glen Drive in Millersburg. The Walnut Creek East Branch is located at 4877 Olde Pump St. To view the many opportunities and explore the many programs available at the Holmes County District Public Library, log on to the website at www.holmeslibrary.org.


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