By Sara S.

If you have ever wondered about the true heart and makeup of a city, look no further than your local public library. Here in Evansville, there are eight different EVPL locations, each unique and tailored to the communities we serve. Through simple observation and exploration of the library, Evansville’s heartbeat can absolutely be felt. From our city’s unique blend of colors and cultures to its firm roots in faith and family, all of that is evident at the library.

Money, age, race, social status, religion, gender… none of it factors into the quality of service received at the library. People whose paths otherwise may not have ever naturally crossed now share experiences, ideas, and memories over laughter and tears and lots of smiles. This is not by accident. EVPL’s vision is “Communities united through shared exploration and understanding,” and we have only been able to achieve strides toward this vision through the support and example of Evansville itself. The library is literally an oasis, a portal into imagination and wonder, for every single person in this community.

This year, National Library Week (April 7-13) marks its 61st birthday with the theme “Libraries = Strong Communities.” Here are just a few suggestions on how you can celebrate!

  • Attend a program at the library! There are always weekly storytimes for little ones, family dance parties, and book discussions for adults or teens! Not to mention various other special programs related to STEAM concepts, hobbies, activism, music, and more! All programs are free, and all are welcome!
  • Talk up libraries on social media! Use a library hashtag (like #MyEVPL) or create your own to post photos of your library treasures or showcase ways you’re celebrating! (P.S. – Follow EVPL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
  • Browse and explore the collection—in the library or at home! EVPL has thousands of titles in our physical collection, not including several online collections and access to even more! We stay current and buy what’s new, while also keeping classics and beloved favorites. And, did you know EVPL has an app? And, even if you have no interest in any of that, you are still more than welcome to come in and use our computers, Wi-Fi, or simply have a seat in a comfy chair and watch the birds outside. And then, after you’re comfortable enough, try striking up a conversation with library staff or another patron. The library is a place for everyone; just like our fair city.

To quote the American Library Association: “Today’s libraries are at the heart of our cities, towns, schools, and campuses, providing critical resources, programs, and expertise. They also provide a public space where all community members, regardless of age, culture, or income level, can come together to connect and learn.”

Championing equity and growth through community connection? Sounds like Evansville to me!

See you at the library,

Sara Scheller

For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek 

Sara S.
Experience Facilitator

Sara S.

Sara loves being outdoors with her husband and their good boy, Gilbert. She is passionate about creative expression, girl power, and all things holographic.

Jay Coles
Earth Day