Cleburne library

In addition to books, Cleburne Public Library patrons have access to a variety of digital resources such as eBooks, comics and magazines.

Staff of the Cleburne Public Library invite frequent flyers as well as those who haven’t stopped by in a while, or ever, to pay a visit to the library this week, which also, through Saturday, happens to be National Library Week.

Fittingly so, this year’s National Library Week theme is “Welcome to your library.”

“Because libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and everyone is welcome to use their services,” according to the American Library Association’s announcement of this year’s event. “During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. 

“Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content and educational programs.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week celebrates the valuable role of libraries, librarians and library workers and the roles they play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The week, sponsored by the American Library Association, is observed in libraries across the country each April.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cleburne Public Library offered numerous online services and programs in addition to curb side check outs. The library has since reopened to the public, though COVID-19 safety measures remain in place. Several of the library’s programs and events have resumed with more on the way.

“Service to the community has always been a central focus of our mission and we are committed to continue to deliver services in a capacity that still falls with social distancing guidelines,” Library Director Tina Dunham said. “The library is excited to begin resuming story time this month, for example.”

Other upcoming programs this month include Poetry and Pizza at 6:30 p.m. Monday and a Cricut class on April 26.

Another highlight of National Library Week is that the Cleburne Public Library will grant fine forgiveness on items returned through Saturday.

Activities and programs aplenty abound otherwise including an ongoing book club and the library’s Maker Room, a grant-funded dedicated space for stimulation of community creativity through exploration, development and building opportunities, which has reopened to the public albeit on a limited basis for now. 

The Maker Room includes sewing machines, a VHS converter, a photo printer, Cricut Maker and a host of other equipment and crafts.

The library, Dunham said, offers programs and services for all ages and interests and added that volunteers are always needed and appreciated.

For information on Cleburne Public Library services and programs, call 817-645-0934 or visit cleburne.net/library of the library’s Facebook page.

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