National Library Week is just around the corner and libraries across America and here in East Tennessee are planning special events for their communities to get people involved and to encourage a love for reading.
Oak Ridge Public Library director Julie Forkner along with William Gwin stopped by the WATE 6 On Your Side studios to share more about what the Oak Ridge Public Library has planned for National Library Week since this year’s theme is, “Libraries = Strong Communities.”
ORPL will celebrate National Library Week with readings from two local authors and a book character dress-up day.
Both authors speaking during National Library Week will address the ways libraries increase the cultural life of individuals and communities.
Local poet, Lindsey Alexander, winner of the 2017 New Southern Voices Poetry Prize, will give a reading on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. from her collection, “Rodeo in Reverse.”
Shirley Raines, speaker, consultant, and author will speak at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, including discussions of her most recent book, “An Uncommon Journey: Leadership Lessons From A Preschool Teacher Who Became A University President.”
Join in the fun and dress up like your favorite book character all day on Tuesday, April 9. Bring out your inner Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Elizabeth Bennet, Tita de la Garza, Nick Robinson, Shuri, Percy Jackson, Ranger Manoso, Galadriel, Edison Cheng, Pete the Cat, or another favorite. Those who join in the fun will get a participation prize.
The community can also get involved by sharing a favorite library memory on social media by tweeting to @OakRidgePubLib with the hashtag #MyLibraryMyStory or by filling out a story card available at the main desk.