The Camden County Library System joins the American Library Association and libraries all across the country in observing National Library Week, April 12 – 18, 2015 to recognize the unlimited possibilities available at local libraries.
We offer possibilities that range from the practical to the entertaining. In October CCLS launched Career Online High School, offering 35 adults in member communities the chance to earn a high school diploma and gain a career certificate. The Nilsa Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch in Camden offers free, family-friendly reading classes for adults designed to encourage literacy skills among the entire family.
This past summer CCLS started a Museum Pass program that offers free admission for library card holders to 11 local and regional attractions on a family-by-family basis. Library members can get passes to everything from The Guggenheim to the Woodford Wildlife Refuge.
During the winter the library observed December as Maker Month to help anyone explore new interests and develop new talents when it offered a variety of workshops and programs with everything from a Canvas Paint Night to a Robodyssey program for the more technically inclined. The Maker Movement first came to the Voorhees and South County branches two years ago and has since expanded to all eight branches.
Special Programming Planned
The library is planning some special events during the week. Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts resident storyteller Kyle Jakubowski will visit each of the Camden County Library’s eight branches to share his Tall Tales in an engaging interactive format between April 12 -18.
The Haddon Twp. branch will offer “Book Marks to Go” in its Making Space as a family activity on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. The Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch will offer a Teen Literature Day on Thursday, April 16 that includes a raffle and a chance to win a prize. The same day the branch will also have a special Pajama Story Time for ages three to five at 6:30 p.m.
Registration for any program is available on the web at www.camdencountylibrary.org/events or by calling the local branch.
April 14, National Library Worker’s Day
During the week, Tuesday, April 14, has been designated National Library Worker’s Day by the ALA. Library Director Linda Devlin stresses that the efforts of the library’s staff deserve to be recognized. “The Camden County Library succeeds not only in delivering traditional library services. We’ve expanded our offerings to include e-books, downloadable audiobooks, streaming music and video and much more over the past several years.
“The library is continually innovating non-traditional library programs such as our Career Online High School and free, family reading classes that encourage literacy across generations. For the past two years we’ve staged popular summer and winter music series that have included a variety performances at all eight branches. We work to provide all manner of opportunities for our customers to explore.
“It is this work that makes your local library a place of unlimited possibilities for you and your neighbors,” explains Devlin. She urges residents to visit their library, get a library card and discover the possibilities.
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