National Library Week begins today

The Belington and the Philippi Public Libraries will join libraries across West Virginia and the nation in celebrating National Library Week today through Saturday to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

“Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources,” said Belington Public Library Director Tamela Smith.

“Libraries are often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, and they are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study,” added Philippi Public Library Director Judy Buckner Larry.

West Virginia libraries will celebrate themselves and their communities this National Library Week. Local residents are encouraged to find their local libraries and discover how they can take part.

Smith, Larry and their staff members are happy to invite the public in their respective libraries to discover the treasures within, whether it be new bestselling novels, children’s books, DVDs, E-books, Internet access and more.

Both libraries are offering Amnesty Week during this period. Fines on overdue items that are returned during these days will be waived. However, old fines on previously returned items will not be waived.

The Philippi Public Library also will celebrate the week with Computer Literacy Classes from 9 to 10 a.m. today through Friday. Belington Public Library’s celebration plans include an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday. Community members are invited to the open house to learn about impending renovation plans for Belington Public Library.

For more information about programs, anyone interested can call the Belington Public Library at 304-823-1026 or the Philippi Public Library at 304-457-3495.