ACPL joined thousands of libraries and library employees in celebrating National Library Week (NLW) April 10-16. Inspired by this year’s theme of “Libraries Transform,” Larissa and Becca visited our seven branches with a menu of special programming.
One of the most popular NLW programs featured a 3-D printer, borrowed from the Southeast Regional Library System. Library branches chose what they wanted to try printing, and patrons gathered to watch plastic canning jar lids, napkin rings, toy airplanes and more taking shape. Discussions with patrons turned to practical and emerging uses of such technology in the industrial and medical fields, and a little online research gleaned videos of 3-D-printed human organs, airplane parts, and even cars!
Patrons of all ages also (re)discovered the joys of messy creativity, transforming out-of-circulation books into artistic sheets of handmade paper using blenders and screens. As the week progressed, each branch tried out new methods, plus inclusions like flower petals and book covers, creating their own special brand of original paper. Thanks to Larissa, our Guiding Ohio Online Americorps volunteer, for spearheading this undertaking!
Finally, stories were shared and sometimes drawn or recorded about how patrons saw their own lives and communities transformed by public libraries, including memories of retired library workers and of Athens County library buildings in past decades.
To read real stories shared by library workers and patrons across the nation on the “Libraries Transform” theme, click here.
Thank you to all who participated–we look forward to celebrating National Library Week with you next year!