Communities Matter @ Your Library: Celebrate National Library Week April 14-20

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The South Carolina State Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where community members can gather to reconnect and reengage to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students, government employees and the public to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering ebooks and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The South Carolina State Library serves South Carolina's citizens by providing statewide programs such as
• Discus -- South Carolina's Virtual Library
• WorkSC -- a comprehensive job seeker & workforce skill building resource for South Carolina's libraries, government agencies and citizens
• ReadSC -- South Carolina's Center for the Book promoting reading and South Carolina literature
• Talking Book Services -- a library that provides digital audio books, braille and other services to the state's visually impaired population
• StudySC -- a website that provides online content to support South Carolina-specific curriculum standards
• StoryfestSC -- a day filled with family-friendly events including author presentations, storytelling sessions and face painting to kick off summer reading programs statewide

The South Carolina State Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting an open house on Wednesday, April 17 from 2:00 -- 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Jason Broughton at 803-734-8576 or jbroughton@statelibrary.sc.gov.

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