HOLLIDAYSBURG - At their March 30 business meeting, the Blair County commissioners issued a proclamation declaring this week as National Library Week in Blair County.
This year's theme is "Communities Thrive @ Your Library.''
The proclamation recognizes the county libraries' contributions to the quality of life of county residents. Libraries help residents to find new jobs, do better in school and find and interpret the information they need to make a difference in their lives. With free resources like books, magazines, DVDs and computer and wi fi access, libraries provide residents with the means to meet their educational, recreational and informational needs. A few of the activities planned by the county libraries to celebrate National Library Week include special story times and toddler times, book discussions, staff appreciation days and a reading of "What A Treasure!'' by the authors Jane and Will Hillenbrand. This year, the One Book Blair County Committee has planned a number of events to celebrate National Library Week based on the theme "Poetry of Hope.''
Blair County Commissioner Donna D. Gority.
The committee is encouraging local poets to create poems as well as read and share old and new poems during the month of April. A few of the events planned include a presentation by Peter Wolf on the relationship between poetry and philosophy, poetry readings by Rebecca Foust and Jack Ridl and poems read by winners of Poetry of Hope contest. For more information, visit www.altoonalibrary.org/onebook/events.html or pick up a One Book Blair County brochure at your local library. One Book Blair County's participating organizations include Altoona Area Public Library, Altoona Area School District, Altoona Mirror, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Bellwood-Antis Public Library, Claysburg Area Public Library, Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, Martinsburg Community Library, Penn State Altoona, Penn State Altoona Bookstore, Tyrone-Snyder Public Library, Williamsburg Public Library and the Wolf-Kuhn Foundation.
For more information, call 946-0417.