Written by: The Times
Did you know that libraries date back to an era when “books” of the day were hand scribed scrolls? If archived information on clay tablets is considered, then the first library began somewhere around 2600 BC. That’s a history to recognize and celebrate along with the value of today’s libraries, and that’s what local libraries do during National Library Week, which kicked off Sunday and continues through Saturday.
Hamilton North Public Library, with branches in Cicero and Atlanta, and Hamilton East Public Library, with libraries in Noblesville and Fishers, invite the public to visit the libraries’ free resources. From traditional hardbound books and free computer use to free digital
downloads of books, movies, and music, libraries offer valuable services and resources. Libraries have the potential and do transform lives, which is the theme of 2016’s National Library Week. Hamilton North: To celebrate the transforming potential through Hamilton North Public
Library, the staff invites the public to stop by and browse the books, visit the meeting rooms, try out one of the many digital resources available through the library website at www.hnpl.lib.in.us, and to participate in its adult and teen contests, “Name that Title.” Visitors also may want to book a techtraining session with director Ann Hoehn or assistant director Kate Marshall.
The Hamilton North Public Library Cicero branch is at 209 W. Brinton, Cicero, and the Atlanta branch is at 100 Walnut St., Atlanta.
Noblesville, Fishers: Residents are invited to stop by the Noblesville and Fishers libraries to participate in a special display highlighting why the library matters to individuals and community. Check out the Hamilton East Public Library Facebook page each day of National Library Week for fun facts about the library and for chances to win prizes. The library will offer special programs for youth, teens and adults.
Visit hepl.lib.in.us or stop by the Noblesville library, 1 Library Plaza, Noblesville, or the Fishers library, 5 Municipal Drive, Fishers.
Other local libraries celebrating the week are Sheridan Public Library, 103 W. First St., Sheridan, which has a new cookbook available, www.sheridan.lib.in.us/; and Westfield Washington Public Library, 333 W. Hoover St., Westfield, http://wwpl.lib.in.us/. National Library Week was first observed in 1958 as a week set aside to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers nationwide,
promote library use and support, and encourage people to rediscover the wealth of resources to be found within libraries.