This week, the Southern Prairie Library System, the Altus and Hollis Public Libraries, joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more about what they DO, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or just relax. The Southern Prairie Library System serves the residents of Jackson and Harmon County by providing books, eBooks, videos, audio books, music, magazines (both in-print and on-line through Zinio), high-speed Internet access (including wireless), as well as literacy and citizenship tutoring through the Great Plains Literacy Council. The library provides access to on-line databases such as Ebsco, Ancestry, Heritage Quest, Mango Languages, Zinio (magazines), Over Drive e-books, One Click Digital audiobooks, Help Now (homework help), and Job Now (employment assistance). These resources can be accessed at the library or on-line (with the exception of Ancestry) 24/7 from the comfort of your home.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. At the Southern Prairie Library System we are transforming by providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshops in Maker Space technologies including the Makerbot Replicator, learning code with Arduino, and building robots with Lego technology kits. These workshops encourage children to expand their horizons, develop their creative thinking abilities and increase their problem solving skills while learning to collaborate and communicate effectively with their peers.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Katherine Hale, Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”
Libraries are many things to many people. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries respond to the needs of the communities they serve.
The Altus Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with the Happy, Healthy, Hungry You Workshop with films for preschoolers on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s area and Story Time on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The celebration will culminate with the Annual Book Lover’s Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Arrive early for the best selections.
For more information, visit the Altus Public Library at 421 N. Hudson or call 580-477-2890. The Altus Library hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Hollis residents can visit the Hollis Public Library at 201 W. Broadway or call 580-688-2744. The Hollis Public Library is open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Check out the library’s Website at www.spls.lib.ok.us or visit their Facebook page: Southern Prairie Library System. The library now has an on-line Public Access Catalog” available 24 hours a day. Visit their website and click “Welcome to the New On-line Library Catalog” to search our collection; or you can press “Shop Now” on our Facebook page for a direct link to the Public Access Catalog.
Katherine E. Hale is the Executive Director of the Southern Prairie Library System