Celebrate National Library Week, April 9-15

Alachua County Library District Governing Board proclaimed April 9-15, 2017 Library Appreciation week in celebration of National Library Week, April 9-15. Newly elected Governing Board  Chair Charles Goston read the proclamation and recognized library staff and leadership for their excellent work and service to the community.

The proclamation recognized the many ways libraries are transforming their communities by providing essential services and valuable expertise. And recognized librarians and staff for opening a world of possibilites through innovative STEAM programming, Makerspaces, job-seeking resources and the power of reading.

These programs and services highlight the changing role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming our community.

One-on-One Computer Assistance: Adults can spend up to one hour with a library staff member for basic computer instruction, check the schedule at www.aclib.us/events for Archer, Cone Park, Headquarters and Newberry branches.

Re-Entry Resource and Job Fair is 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 24 at Headquarters Library.

Sensory Playtime or Storytime: This special Storytime was created in cooperation with the Center for Autism Related Disorders (CARD) to introduce children to the library and rhythms of Storytime in a gentle, fun and enriching manner. Sensory Playtime is scheduled at 2 p.m. on April 12 at Alachua Branch and Sensory Storytimes are scheduled at 11 a.m. on April 15 at Headquarters Library and 1:30 p.m. on April 19 at Millhopper Branch. Visit www.aclib.us/events for ongoing schedules.

MAKERspace for Teens: This weekly program gives teens the chance to create projects, learn coding and work with a 3D printer, Lego Mindstorms EV3, LittleBits and more, Thursdays at 4 p.m. at Alachua Branch. Check www.aclib.us/events for additional Makerspace and STEAM programs at other locations.

Curious Chinese: An experienced, native speaker teaches an introductory Chinese language class for kids ages 5 to 10. Learning a second language has many benefits and young children pick up language best when they are under 7. This class is designed for non-native Chinese speakers and parents should stay with their child, 4 p.m. on Sundays at Millhopper Branch.

Money Smart programs continue: GRU Home Energy Efficiency: GRU will present energy efficiency information that can bring down electric bills and bring homes up to energy smart standards. Learn some easy to implement money-saving tips and tricks, adults, 3 p.m. on April 20, at Headquarters Library.

Money Smart Solar: Learn how easy it is to set up a solar energy system and save big bucks on your electricity bill, all ages, 2 p.m. on April 22, at Alachua Branch.

25 Years Off Grid: Money saving strategies from someone who has lived 25 off-grid, adults, 2 p.m. on April 23, at Micanopy Branch.

New online resource Lynda.com is now available free to library cardholders. Lynda.com offers access to online learning with more than 3,000 courses and 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics including business, design, webpage development and multimedia skills and software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications. These courses can help individuals pursue personal and professional goals. Courses are delivered by expert instructors, feature searchable transcripts and provide certificates of completion.

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. National Library Week includes National Library Workers’ Day on April 11, National Bookmobile Day on April 12.