This week, the Mansfield Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries with the theme, “Libraries Transform.” April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies or just relax. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources like e-books, e-magazines, and online databases, etc., that can be accessed in person or online.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. At the Mansfield Public Library, we are transforming by providing basic computer classes, story time for children from infants up to 6 years old, family game time, creative coloring for adults and teens, teen Xbox One gaming, drop-in e-book help, English conversation circle, home-school art club for all ages, craft classes for adults and a book club.
Libraries are many things to many people. They work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address the needs of their communities.
Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
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.
For more information, visit the Mansfield Public Library at 104 South Wisteria, call 817-728-3690 or see the library’s Web site at www.mansfield-tx.gov/departments/library.
You are invited and encouraged to come and see for yourself what a wonderful library we have right here in our city. And when you come, be sure to say “thank you” to the library staff for their dedication and work in making the Mansfield Public Library one we can be proud of.
Carol Ann Grantham
President of Friends of the Mansfield Public Library