National Library Week

Anita Singley, a clerk with the Copperas Cove Public Library, checks in a book on Thursday.

The Copperas Cove Public Library will make special additions to a variety of its programs next week to celebrate National Library Week.

National Library Week is a time for libraries all over the country to raise public awareness about the services they offer and to highlight their important role within communities, said Kevin Marsh, Copperas Cove Public Library director.

“We’ve planned some special and unusual events to draw attention to our normal programs,” Marsh said.

One such event, on Monday, is called Blind Date with a Book.

“Books will be wrapped up so that the person checking it out doesn’t know what they are getting,” Marsh said. “It’ll be a fun way to surprise people and introduce them to something new.”

Other special activities at the library will include a weeklong scavenger hunt, Family Night on Thursday and games and contests throughout the week, stated a news release.

“Even the regular book club meeting will be spiced up that week with sandwiches from Schlotzsky’s,” Marsh said. “We’ll have balloons for the kids, fun prizes and food provided by local sponsors (at other events, too.)”

The events and programs are made possible partly by the efforts of Friends of the Copperas Cove Library. The group is responsible for funding the library’s Wi-Fi service, sponsoring children’s and teen reading programs, and purchasing audio books and more.

“We try our best to provide the library with anything they need,” said Susan Ayres, treasurer of the organization. “Our purpose is to promote literacy and to provide the library with any necessary resources.”

Marsh hopes this week will help “get the word out” about the programs and resources the library offers.

“The library is a part of the quality of life of any community ... our excellent library is one of the reasons why Copperas Cove is a great place to live,” he said. “We believe that we have resources and programs here for just about every need.”

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