This week libraries across the
country are celebrating National Library Week. The Week recognizes the
important services provided by these community institutions and how they strive
to improve the quality of life for all.
South Brunswick Public Library would like Township residents to take time this week to learn all it has to offer to them. Please visit us. We welcome old and new friends to take a little time this week to discover our resources and enjoy our charms.
Once such charm we want to show off is the Ellen Gambatese Room, named for a tireless library advocate and community supporter. During National Library Week, the room is being finished with painted panels featuring butterfly bushes lining its octagonal walls. The permanent butterfly “garden” panels and entrance mural were all painted by local resident and artist Nesrin Avci.
Among other special attractions not to be missed are the SMART Lab, a recently dedicated digital learning space, and a free showing of the award-winning film Philomena on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to also view the reading display for GRIT, the community-wide reading program from SBPL and the South Brunswick School District. GRIT stands for Gumption, Resilience, Inner Strength, and Tenacity.
“95% agree library materials and resources play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed,” according to the Pew Research Center.
National Library Week is a time to libraries to show off a little and residents to find out what they may be missing. You may be missing resources for: employment, children’s literacy, digital learning, entertainment, ESL, special needs, and more. According to Pew, “81 percent of Americans say libraries provide valuable services people would struggle to find elsewhere.”
While SBPL celebrates National Library Week each year with a little something extra special, promoting literacy is its daily mission. The Library offers hundreds of programs for all ages and interests. For more information about what SBPL has for you, please visit www.sbpl.info.