Board Proclaims April 9-15 as Library Week 2017
The Board of El Paso County Commissioners celebrated the ever-expanding role that local libraries play in the region when they delivered a proclamation at Thursday’s regular meeting, announcing Library Week 2017 that begins Sunday, April 9 and runs through Saturday, April 15.
In presenting the Proclamation, Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez Jr. noted, “Libraries and librarians are looking beyond their traditional roles, providing more opportunities for community engagement and delivering new services that connect with patrons’ needs.”
John Spears, the Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Library District, was at Thursday’s meeting to accept the Proclamation for National Library Week, which has a 2017 theme of “Libraries Transform.”
“It has been a delight to be one of the liaisons to the Library Board for the last several years,” said District 5 Commissioner Peggy Littleton. “It’s been exciting to see the technology advancements that are going on and how the Library District has been very efficient.”
The Pikes Peak Library District, which formed in 1962, served more than 3.4 million people in 2016 at its 14 branches as well as during mobile library stops. PPLD held more than 14,000 programs, classes and community events, including story times, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programs, the High Prairie Harvest Festival and the Mini Maker Faire at Library 21c.
The proclamation presented on Thursday said libraries “work to serve all community members, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.”
“Libraries have served the United States for centuries. They are the leveler in education,”
District 3 Commissioner Stan VanderWerf said.
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