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April 8, 2013...During April, Lima Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve and they respond.

Some of the ways Lima Public Library serves Lima and Allen County are by delivering materials to daycare centers, nursing homes and the homebound; offering "drop-in" computer labs and one-on-one tutoring for anyone with questions about using the Internet, basic computer programs and e-readers; hosting book discussion groups that appeal to a variety of ages and interests; providing public meeting rooms; selecting and providing popular and varied materials for the public; partnering with local groups and organizations and participating in local events and programs, plus more.

"Service to the community has always been the focus of the library," said library spokesperson Karen Sommer. "While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community."

Lima Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with a Poetry Contest, open to all ages, a Scavenger Hunt at the the main library, also open to all ages, and a Libraries are Stars participatory event for patrons to state what they love about Lima Public Library. National Library Workers Day is April 16 and librarians will mark the occasion by handing out sweet treats to anyone who asks a reference question. A complete schedule of library programs and events can be found at the library's website.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.

For more information, stop by the main library at 650 W. Market Street in Lima, or branch locations in Cairo, Elida, Lafayette and Spencerville; call the main library at 419-228-5113, or visit the library's website at


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