Get carded: North and South Walton celebrate National Library Week

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Coastal Branch Library manager, Linda Thompson says she hopes National Library Week will encourage readers of all ages to get a library card and find a new book to love.

Jennie McKeon | The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 05:18 PM.

Local libraries offer a lot more than books and free internet. They're a huge community resource.

"People come in to fill out tax forms, apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and continue their education," said Dan Owens, Walton County library services director. "And of course you can come in to enjoy fine literature without having to purchase the complete works of Shakespeare."

With this week being National Library Week, it's the perfect time to stop in, get your library card (if you don't have one yet) and enjoy all the programs and classes that are offered.

Originated in 1958, National Library Week was created to promote reading after research showed that Americans were spending less time reading than they were listening to radios and televisions. In its inaugural year, the theme was "Wake Up and Read." This year's slogan is "Lives Change @ Your Library."

Coastal Branch Library Manager, Linda Thompson, and staff have put together a whole week's worth of fun at the Santa Rosa Beach location.

"We decided to put a health spin on the theme — you know, since bikini season is coming up," Thompson said with a laugh. "We partnered with local businesses to help celebrate and have received a lot of support."

On top of the packed schedule of classes and speakers, kids are encouraged to participate in a book swap. All week long, young readers can bring in their gently used books to exchange for a selected group of books that will be set out.

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