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Center Library invites community to ‘transform lives’

A young patron browses the library stacks in search of a new book to read. Center Library will host contests, daily prizes and special events April 11-16 in honor of National Library Week. (File photo)

A young patron browses the library stacks in search of a new book to read. Center Library will host contests, daily prizes and special events April 11-16 in honor of National Library Week. (File photo)

Published: April 7, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (April 7, 2016) -- Fort Rucker’s Center Library staff hopes to transform lives by introducing the post community to a treasure trove of information with prizes, contests and special events during National Library Week April 11-16.

“During the week, the Center Library will have contests for patrons age 18 and older, age 13-17, and age 12 and under,” Jodi Wilcox, Center Library reference librarian, said. “Patrons have a chance to win a daily prize or a grand prize.”

According to Wilcox, Dr. Henry Stewart, retired Troy University dean of Library Services, will speak about how libraries transform lives April 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Center Library.

“National Library Week is an important celebration for the community to show the value of the library and its staff,” Wilcox said. “The Center Library offers a wealth of resources that are free to its patrons.

“Along with a vast array of books, the Center Library offers access to many free databases that offer language learning, peer-reviewed articles, e-books and many more resources,” she added. “The library also has a large DVD selection, fiction, non-fiction, as well as audio books. If we don't have what someone is looking for, we will try to find it for them. The staff is also willing to help anyone who might need assistance with résumé, job searching or general computer questions.”

Wilcox said community support is essential so the library can continue to offer its numerous free resources.

“The library has resources that can help patrons with various topics, such as woodworking, cooking, knitting, investing, parenting or gardening, just to name a few,” she said. “Some of the tools that patrons have access to are scanning, printing, faxing, quiet study areas and a friendly, knowledgeable staff.”

According to Wilcox, National Library Week provides an excellent opportunity for parents to introduce their children to the joy of reading.

“Parents need to help their children realize that reading can be enjoyable,” she said. “If children are hesitant readers, look for something that might be in their area of interest. I suggest parents find a good read-aloud book for their children and read to them at least three times a week.”

Center Library hosts story time for children ages 2-11 Fridays from 10:15-11 a.m., which is followed by a crafting session. Wilcox added that the library staff can also provide recommendations for age-appropriate books to help children increase their reading skills while acquiring a thirst for recreational reading.

“Recreational reading is beneficial to a child because it expands their knowledge of the world around them and increases their self-confidence,” she said. “It also allows their imagination to grow, which fosters creativity and learning. Children are in a learning environment most of their day and reading allows them to temporarily escape the rigorous schedule.”

Other group reading opportunities include the adult book club every third Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. and the teen book club every third Saturday from 4-5 p.m.

Other Center Library events for the month of April include a spring craft April 12 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., a Tesla car display April 20 at 2:30 p.m. followed by an Earth Day Awareness presentation by Big Bend Wildlife of Enterprise at 3:30 p.m. and an Earth Day craft activity April 23 from 1-2:30 p.m.

For more information, call 255-3885.

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