Arts & Culture / Mosaic / April 22, 2010

Celebrating words

What’s black and white and read all over? Well, yes, a sunburned penguin, but more importantly, books!

This past week was National Library Week, an annual celebration put on by the American Library Association (ALA). The ALA celebrated April 11-18, with author Neil Gaiman serving as Honorary Chair. This year’s theme was “Communities Thrive @ Your Library.” Events for the week included the release of “The State of America’s Libraries” report; the commemoration of National Library Workers Day, National Bookmobile Day, Support Teen Literature Day and the publication of the “Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2009” list.

Knox’s own Seymour Library hosted several events during the week. “Food for Fines” offered students, staff and faculty a chance to have library fines waived while helping the FISH Food Pantry. Each shelf-stable food item donated through the library went to FISH, with the

added bonus of having a late fee struck from the donor’s library record. According to assistant librarian Anne Giffey, 33 patrons took advantage of the drive, donating a total of 99 cans and saving themselves $448.95 in fines. Giffey called the event “quite successful.”

Another event hosted by Seymour Library was the “My Library Photo Contest,” which offered prizes for the best photographs of the Knox community utilizing its library. First prize went to freshman Erin Daugherty for a color photograph of some of Seymour Library’s older books. Sophomore Nina Litoff’s black and white photo of the spiral staircase took second prize and sophomore Hannah Fidoten’s color portrait of a student studying in one of the library’s comfy chairs placed third.

The library also commemorated National Library Workers Day by hosting a party with snacks for student employees.

While no new events were planned at the Galesburg Public Library, a variety of regularly scheduled programs were running.

“Every week is library week for us,” said reference librarian assistant and newsletter editor Cynthia Heather. In addition to ongoing gatherings such as adult book discussions and Movie Club, the librarians have been hard at work on the Big Read, an annual “community-wide read.”

Maya Sharma

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