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Park City celebrates National Library Week

MATT JAMES, Of the Record staff

This is National Library Week and to celebrate the Park City Library is throwing a party. The celebration will run this evening from 4-7 p.m., and will include cake, refreshments and a chance to talk with the library’s staff and volunteers.

National Library Week, April 2-8, notes the contributions of America’s libraries and promotes the use of the facilities. The occasion has been observed since 1958. However, adult services librarian Teresa Ferguson said Park City’s National Library Week event is a new one.

Activities will also include a "Name that Author" contest and an appearance by Park City Mayor Dana Williams, and in addition to the festivities, the library will ask party goers to fill out comment cards.

"We’re going to be gathering information about how people use the library," said library director Linda Tillson.

While the event will give Parkites a chance to party at the library, Tillson said the party, will also let the library get some feedback and see if and how the facility should adjust its services.

Both Tillson and Ferguson also talked about the library’s new programs.

"We’re starting basic Internet computer classes," said Ferguson.

The Tuesday morning courses offer adults a chance to learn basic Internet and e-mail skills. The classes, said Tillson, have helped many seniors and some adults.

She also noted the library’s spring classes, including last week’s course on composting with Recycle Utah Executive Director Insa Riepen and next week’s event with Park City’s landscaper, Maria Barndt, which will focus on high-altitude gardening.

"We’re also going to do something during May which is something we haven’t done before," said Tillson. "[It is] an exhibition by The Adoption Exchange"

The event will include a display from the organization and information about adoption options.

"They’re going to put up portraits of children," said Tillson.

She also mentioned the approach of the library’s annual long range planning meeting May 8.

That session, said Tillson, helps set the library’s direction in the coming years.

"Those meetings are actually open to the public," she said.

Everyone, she noted, is encouraged to come and to provide their input.

Otherwise, Tillson pointed to a few services at the library that others might not necessarily know about. She noted a database at the library called Novelist, which allows readers to search for works of fiction according to subject matter, style and plot similarities.

For the local history fans, Tillson said the library would make some other additions. She said the facility is seeking a grant to digitize another group of The Park Record’s historical editions.

The library already has a digital database of the newspapers from the late 1800s to 1935. The new effort would extend the range of the current collection.

"What we’re going to try for in this effort is 1935 through 1948," said Tillson.

So the library will continue to expand its resources, and this afternoon, the facility will offer a party.

"We just want to give back," said Ferguson.

The National Library Week celebration at the Park City Library is free and open to the public. For more information about the Park City Library, go to http://www.parkcitylibrary.org or call 615-5600.


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