The Alachua County Library District (ACLD) will join libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week April 12-18, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries and to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians. This year’s theme is “Unlimited Possibilities @ your library.”
Libraries today are transforming lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming. Libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide and level the playing field by providing free access to information and technologies that many in their communities would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. ACLD serves Alachua County by providing e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers and much more.
“Our libraries have always been a place of unlimited possibilities,” said Library Director Shaney T. Livingston. “Whatever your interest or need, our libraries and staff are here to provide you the resources you need to accomplish your goals and dreams. Our staff work with hundreds of organizations, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and meet the needs of our 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. Libraries help to ensure the American dream and promote democracy by providing service to all regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status.
Celebrations include National Library Workers Day, Tuesday, April 14; National Bookmobile Day, Wednesday, April 15 and Celebrate Teen Literature Day, Thursday, April 16. “Unlimited Possibilities @ your library:”
Marisa de los Santos: Author Series 2015: Marisa de los Santos is the author of three New York Times bestselling novels. Her first book, From the Bones Out, is a collection of poems. Her latest novel is The Precious One. She has also collaborated on a young adult book with her husband David Teague. She will talk about her work and sign books 2 p.m. April 12, Millhopper Branch.
Oh Snap! Photography for Parents: Local photographer Laurel Housden will teach concepts such as lighting, composition and age appropriate techniques to help parents or grandparents take better pictures of their kids., 2 p.m. April 12, Tower Road Branch.
New Books for Old Readers: Join this adult book discussion group 11 a.m. April 13, Micanopy Branch.
UF Mobile Outreach Clinic: Free primary health care consultations and treatment in a mobile clinic sponsored by the University of Florida College of Medicine, all ages, 6 to 8 p.m. April 13, Tower Road Branch; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 14, Library Partnership; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 15, Headquarters and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16, Cone Park Branch.
One-on-One Computer Assistance: Spend up to one hour with a library staff member for basic computer instruction 10 a.m. April 13, Library Partnership; 6:30 p.m. April 14, High Springs Branch and 3 p.m. April 15, Newberry Branch.
Soraya’s Spanish Preschool Storytime: This interactive Spanish-language Storytime for preschool children mixes reading, music and art, ages 1 to 5, 11 a.m. April 13, Millhopper Branch.
Read with Special Dogs: Children of all ages may stop by to read a book with a certified therapy dog, 3 p.m. April 13, 12:30 p.m. April 15 and 3 p.m. April 15, Alachua Branch; 4 p.m. April 15, Archer Branch; 2:30 p.m. April 15, Tower Road Branch and 3:30 p.m. April 16, Millhopper Branch.
Law in the Library: Lease or Buy? Real Estate Options for Small Business Owners: Philip N. Kabler, Esq., will outline the considerations for small business owners who are facing a decision of leasing or buying real estate, 6 p.m. April 13, Headquarters Library.
Newberry Needlecrafters: This crafting group meets Tuesday afternoons to crochet, knit, embroider, needlepoint, quilt or any other "non-messy" craft, 1 p.m. April 14, Newberry Branch.
Meditation for Teens: Class for teens with Pandora Lightmoon, 3 p.m. April 14, Hawthorne Branch.
Bees are Buzzing: Look at buzzing bees and try their honey. Learn what bees and beekeepers do and why bees are so important. Presented by the Alachua County Beekeepers Club, 3 p.m. April 14, High Springs Branch.
Taco Tuesday Lego Club: Build any awesome Lego structure, kids and teens, 4 p.m. April 14, Archer Branch.
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes: ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes teach basic and intermediate levels. For information contact ACLD Literacy Coordinator, (352) 334-3929, adults, 6 p.m. April 14, Alachua Branch and 6:30 p.m. April 16, High Springs Branch.
National Bookmobile Day April 15: Bookmobiles deliver library services for all ages, 12 to 3:30 p.m. Eden Park Apartments, 1330 NE 39 Avenue; 12 to 6 p.m. Publix on 39 Avenue at I-75 and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Gainesville Job Corps, 5301 NE 40 Terrace.
Engineering Workshop Radio Operators: Teens learn the basics of AM radio and how to build your own AM radio receiver to communicate with others wirelessly, 5:30 p.m. April 16, Headquarters Library.
Open Clothing Closet: Shop for "free" from gently worn clothing donated by the community. Check out our closet on Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 and 17, Library Partnership.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).