NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

The Garland County Library encourages all community members to visit the library online or in-person to explore and access free virtual services and programs for all ages. The Library offers a wide array of online resources that are available from the comfort of home, including free ebooks and audiobooks from Libby by OverDrive and Hoopla Digital; access to databases like Consumer Reports, Mango Languages, CreativeBug, and NewsBank; and online library catalog access to place holds on items to be picked up in person, by curbside service, or delivered directly to the patrons’ home.

April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.

During these challenging times, libraries of all types have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their patrons. The Garland County Library has continually made strides to meet the patrons where they are by increasing the Library’s accessibility for all residents:

  • The Library went fine-free on January 1, 2021. Patrons are no longer fined for late item returns. Since making this announcement in December 2020, over 25% of the lost items in the Library’s collections have been returned.

  • The Library has continued curbside pickup service. Curbside service began in November of 2019 and was the only means to get physical books for many months in 2020 while the Library’s building was closed to the public.

  • The Library began home delivery services to patrons in the Hot Springs Village area and the Lake Hamilton School Area. Home delivery is expanding to nearly all residents of Garland County beginning April 7th, National Library Outreach Day.

  • Requirements for getting a library card have been reduced. Now, everyone who visits the Library can get either a full privilege card, a digital library card, or a temporary borrowing card.

This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for the Garland County Library by visiting the library at gclibrary.com, following them on social media, and visiting the Library in person.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April.

For more information, visit the library’s website at www.gclibrary.com. The Garland County Library is located at 1427 Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs. Learn more online or by calling the Library at 501-623-4161.

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