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The Lewis & Clark Library will Unveil Five Little Free Libraries During National Library Week
March 31, 2021 (Helena, MT)—Libraries across the country will observe National Library Week, April 4th- 10th, as well as National Library Outreach Day on April 7, 2021. Formerly known as National Bookmobile Day, National Library Outreach Day is a time for communities to celebrate the invaluable role library professionals and libraries continuously play in bringing library services to every member of the community.
“We greatly appreciate the outreach efforts of our nation’s library workers,” said Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., president, American Library Association (ALA). “On behalf of the ALA Executive Board, we thank you for bringing the library to your communities and responding to the demand and dire need for free educational and social services during these difficult times and beyond.” Library services surpass bricks and mortar, as library professionals continue to adapt and develop innovative ways to deliver library materials and services that transform lives and support lifelong learning. Whether bookmobile, outreach events, book bike, senior services, school services, library workers go above and beyond to ensure that marginalized, underserved populations and all community members have access to library services.
“During COVID-19, library outreach workers continued to provide essential resources and services to their communities,” said David Kelsey, president, American Bookmobile Outreach Services (ABOS). Whether providing free Wi-Fi in mobile libraries, providing virtual programming, sending mail to seniors in isolation, or distributing library materials, outreach workers were there to meet the needs of their patrons and their communities throughout the dark days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To commemorate National Library Week, and to expand services throughout the county, the Lewis & Clark Library will unveil five new Little Free Libraries. Augusta, East Helena, Lincoln, Wolf Creek, and York will each showcase one of the libraries, which will open for use on National Outreach Day, Wednesday, April 7th. The Little Free Libraries are a collaborative project between the Lewis & Clark Library and East Helena Scout Troop 212.
12-year-old scout Caleb Madsen took on the building of the libraries as his Eagle project. To commemorate National Library Week, and the amazing work of Caleb Madden, East Helena Mayer Schell will read an official proclamation in honor of NLW at a public unveiling of the Little Free Libraries on Tuesday, April 6th at 6:30PM at the East Helena City Hall.
Each library will be stocked with new books selected by the scouts, local community members, and library staff. Users are invited to take and leave books as well as to explore local resources each community plans to make available in their Little Free Libraries. “The idea behind the Little Free Libraries is that people take a book they want to read and leave a book to share with the community,” explained Lewis & Clark Library Bookmobile and Outreach Librarian, Bretagne Byrd.
In addition to donations of supplies secured by Madsen and Troop 212, this project was made possible through a 3Rivers grant to the Augusta Library.
Visit all five Little Free Library locations:
•Augusta Library 205 Main St. Augusta, MT 59410
•East Helena City Hall 306 E. Main Street East Helena, MT 59635
•Lincoln Library 102 9th Ave. S. Lincoln, MT 59639
•Canyon Store Exxon 175 Recreation Rd. Wolf Creek, MT 59648
•York Bar 7500 York Rd Helena, MT 59602