April 5, 2005

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Terrance Calloway Student Assistant

National Library Week

National Library Week will be observed April 10-16, on the campus of Valdosta State University.

The week is reserved to celebrate the contributions of libraries and library workers to their schools, campuses, and communities. This year's theme is, "Something for Everyone at Your Library." The observance will be celebrated with programs and events.

Two exhibits will be showcased in the Instructional Materials Center in Odum Library. The first, "Eleanor Roosevelt at the Library," archives the 1941 visit of Eleanor Roosevelt to Georgia State Woman's College, presently known as Valdosta State University. The VSU archives will display photographs, correspondence, books, and artifacts related to that visit and to Mrs. Roosevelt's further involvement with the school. There will be a special viewing on April 9, 4-6 p.m. The second exhibit, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," went on display April 1. It showcases the work of children's writer and illustrator Eric Carle and the numerous and diverse resources available to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Both exhibits will be shown throughout the remainder of the month for those who may not see them during National Library Week.

Members of the community, students, faculty, and staff are invited to read brief 1-3 minute passages from their favorite works on April 11, 7-8:30 p.m., on the first floor of Odum Library. The event is called, "Many Voices, One Nation, One Night at Your Local Library." It is hosted by South Georgia Regional Library and Valdosta Technical College. A reception sponsored by Las Banderas and Covington's will follow the event.

Spring Bash will be held in front of Odum Library on April 14. There will be music, food, and give-a-ways for participants. All food and prizes are sponsored by Valdosta State University Bookstore and the dining service of VSU.

There will also be a reading for the children, ages 5-13 on April 18. Children from local public and private schools are invited to read brief 1-3 minute passages from their favorite or original works. Teachers, librarians, education majors, all persons of the educational field are also invited. A reception will follow shortly after the reading. Though the event will be held after National Library Week, it celebrates the efforts of educators and library workers for the role in literacy.

This year, Odum Library would like to place a special emphasis on Valdosta State University as a diverse community that extends into the city of Valdosta and Lowndes County, offering something for everyone. For information about National Library Week or any of the events held at VSU please contact Dr. Yolanda Hood at (229) 245-3746.

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