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National Library Week

Lives change @ your library: celebrate National Library Week April 13-19
April 13-19, the Independence Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, 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, organizations, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, opportunities in arts and culture, early literacy resources, help with eReaders and new technologies, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
The Independence Public Library serves the community of Independence and Buchanan County by providing many, many services.  Some that people may not be aware of are free eBooks, digital magazines, programs for all ages, computer classes, Just Right Books, Nooks (eReaders) for checkout, downloadable audiobooks, and many more!
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Laura Blaker, library director. “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 Independence Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by providing an Artist Showcase, Cards 'n' Convo, CAMEO Author William Kent Krueger, Story Time, Rhyme Time, and a Formatting Basics Computer Class.  There will also be some fun opportunities for interaction with the library on Facebook.
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 the Independence Public Library at 805 1st Street East, call 319-334-2470 or find us on Facebook.  Libraries hours are as follows:
Monday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm