York County Libraries Celebrate 2021 National Library Week

York County Libraries are joining libraries across Pennsylvania and the nation to celebrate National Library Week and the significant role that libraries play in building strong communities.   The annual celebration, April 4-10, spotlights how libraries are helping to transform individual lives and their communities every day. York County Libraries’ 13 locations are in the heart of their communities and serve as connectors to vetted resources, diverse collections of physical and digital books, educational programs, authors and experts.  
“During the past year, COVID-19 quickly changed how York County Libraries delivered its services, but it did not stop the libraries from delivering services,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert.  “Even in the wake of the sudden closure to slow the spread, library staff worked remotely to ramp up digital services and programs for YCL members to access from home.”  According to Lambert, the results were clear.  The request for new library cards and renewals totaled 1,000 in the first three months of altered services.  Children and family members viewed story times from the safety of their homes.  Adults attended resiliency programs online, a timely extension of A Summer Read program.
As some typical library services returned, the pilot hotspot program at two libraries expanded to 12 YCL sites to offer a combined total of 80 hotspots for rent.  The program continues to aid internet connectivity at member homes.  In addition, a $10,000 Pennsylvania Humanities Council grant allowed York County Libraries to team up with the School District of the City of York to provide hotspots at no cost to 30 students and their siblings, providing them with a way to virtually attend school and complete assignments from home. “YCL librarians are service oriented, always scanning the environment, and connecting with other organizations to provide needed services in the community,” adds Lambert.  
In celebration of 2021 National Library Week, York County Libraries staff have planned several online activities spanning the first two full weeks in April.  Of special note is an author talk with this year’s One Book One Community author Phaedra Patrick. She will discuss her book “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper” at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 via Zoom.  As part of the two-week celebration, YCL is focusing on one of the literary greats of the 1920’s F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda.  Fitzgerald expert and author Richard Webb, Jr., who penned “Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda,” will speak on Zoom at 2:00 p.m. Sunday April 11.  Wrapping up the roster of activities will be a Susquehanna Folk Music Society event featuring Bill and the Belles at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 17.  They have a spirited sound and put their own spin on a golden era of music, the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.  Information and registration for all activities planned for National Library Week can be found on the yorklibraries.org/events.  
York County Libraries include 13 libraries that provide the latest in print and digital information, best sellers, Wi-Fi, digital story times, online book discussions and 80 databases. Their extensive collection of over 700,000 items includes over 80,000 digital library materials for loan.  All are available for free with a York County Libraries card. 

Deb Sullivan                                                          
Community Relations Director                             
York County Libraries                                                    
159 E. Market Street                                               
York, PA 17401                                                               
(717) 849-6931

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