Libraries Transform: celebrate National Library Week April 10-16

Staff Report

The Northwestern Regional Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than warehouses for books. Instead, libraries and librarians are change agents within their communities — transforming lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming. Libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide and level the playing field by providing free access to information and technologies that many in their communities would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Libraries help to ensure the American dream and promote democracy by providing service to all.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and meet the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The Northwestern Regional Library serves Alleghany, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties by providing books, ebooks, DVDs, public computers, meeting space, and programs for all ages. The latest new service is joining NC Cardinal which allows all library users to access over five million items at no charge.

The library has always been a place of unlimited possibilities. Whatever an interest or need, the library and the library staff are here to provide users the resources they need to accomplish their goals and dreams.

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.

For more information, visit a local branch of the Northwestern Regional Library or see the library’s website at

Staff Report

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