The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., joins libraries across the nation in celebrating National Library Week from April 9-15.

This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.” 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. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. Olympic soccer gold medalist and World Cup champion Julie Foudy will serve as this year’s National Library Week Honorary Chair.

Public libraries open new worlds, spark imagination, encourage reading and help develop critical thinking. Libraries build relationships. People are connecting at their libraries, whether it’s with media, technology or one another. Every day across the country, libraries open their doors to students, parents, seniors, teachers, writers, artists, job seekers, entrepreneurs, readers, gamers, movie lovers and travel buffs – just to name a few.  We are the life-long learning center serving the needs of all.

Haven’t visited the library lately? Then now is the time! Not only does the library offer access to thousands of books, eBooks, DVDs, and music CDs, but it also has an extensive programming schedule for all ages including author visits, movie showings, storytimes, game nights, adult coloring club, and more all listed at calendar.jvbrown.edu. Come see for yourself all the resources your local library has to offer.

Several celebrations take place during National Library Week, including National Library Workers Day on April 11 and National Bookmobile Day on April 12. April 12 also is National D.E.A.R. Day – Drop Everything and Read – in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday. Cleary is the author of the “Ramona Quimby” series that first mentioned D.E.A.R. “Drop Everything and Read” is a national celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.

The Brown Library is part of a national “Libraries Transform” effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the information needs of their users. Libraries contribute to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment but are often overlooked as catalysts for powerful individual and community change.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.