This week, the Gulf Coast Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, which recognizes a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public to discover their community’s needs and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job-seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve and they respond.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Jorge Brown, access services librarian at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”
The Gulf Coast Libraries serve Southern Miss Gulf Coast by providing research assistance, access to full-text databases, study space, and free Internet access. In celebrating National Library Week, the Gulf Coast Libraries is inviting the community to special events throughout the week.
*Monday, April 15 - Gulf Coast Library Art Show, Spring Fling reception from 4 - 6 p.m.
* Wednesday, April 17, at 4 p.m. - Thomas E. Simmons Book Talk and Signing: Brown Condor: The Forgotten History of an African American Fighter Pilot
*Thursday, April 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m. - Science Café: Freshwater Mussels: They Aren’t Just Rocks
* Friday, April 19, 2 p.m. - Southern Miss Professor Damon Franke presents, “The Gulf Park College for Women”
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.
Library hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus inLong Beach, call 228.214.3450 or visit www.lib.usm.edu.