Tyler Public Library To Celebrate National Library Week - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

04/07/08 - Tyler

Tyler Public Library To Celebrate National Library Week

Tyler Public Library marks National Library Week, April 13-19, with special activities all week long. Sunday, April 13 at 2 pm, the Library kicks off the celebration with a visit and book signing by Texas author Jodi Thomas. City of Tyler "celebrities" will share their favorite books with preschoolers weekday mornings, and on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. - noon, girls and their mothers will wrap up another season of American Girl Reading Club meetings.

Widely known for her best-selling romance novels, Jodi Thomas has just released a new mainstream novel, Twisted Creek. Sunday afternoon she'll be discussing her work and signing copies of her books. Twisted Creek, set in a small Texas community, is the story of Allie Daniels who inherits a tiny café and installs her grandmother as its cook. When the townspeople begin to drop by they discover there's always a "table for one" available, with down-home food to warm the soul.

The stories Thomas tells have earned her an impressive list of awards since her first publication, Beneath the Texas Sky, won the National Press Women's Novel in 1988.The Tender Texan (1991) brought her first RITA, the $1.5 billion romance publishing industry's equivalent of an "Oscar." Her other novels consistently rise to best-selling status. Thomas is a 2006 Inductee to the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. You can learn more about Thomas at her website: www.jodithomas.com

Monday-Thursday, April 14-17, preschoolers and their families are invited to listen to National Library Week readers in the Auditorium from 10:30-11 a.m. Monday morning, Fire Chief Neal Franklin reads some of his favorite books. On Tuesday, the Library welcomes Police Chief Gary Swindle. City Librarian Chris Albertson shares stories with the youngest Library patrons on Wednesday, and Thursday morning, Mayor Joey Seeber makes a special appearance at story time.

Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, elementary girls and their mothers gather to learn more about the culture and times of American Girl heroine "Addy," an African American girl who grows up during the Civil War. All girls age 5 - 12 are welcome to the ongoing Reading Club. April will wrap up the season for American Girl meetings, which resume in September on the third Saturday of each month.

National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958 by the American Library Association (ALA) and is now celebrated by libraries across the country each April. It is a time to mark the contributions of the nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

All National Library Week programs will take place in the Library's Taylor Auditorium. All events are free and open to the public. Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S College in downtown Tyler. For more information, call 903-593-7323 or email programs@tylertexas.com .

Some interesting facts about public libraries from the American Library Association:

  • There are more libraries than McDonald's in the U.S. - over 123,290
  • 62% of adults in the U.S. have public library cards.
  • Americans go to libraries more than twice as often as they go to the movies.
  • 95% of public libraries provide public access to the Internet.
  • Reference librarians in the nation's libraries answer more than seven million questions weekly.
  • Americans spend more than three times as much on salty snacks as they do on public libraries.
Powered by Frankly