This week, the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise.

April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.

Library programs encourage community members to meet to discuss civic issues, work together using new technologies like 3D printing or learn alongside one another in English language classes. Library staff also partner with other civic and service organizations to actively engage with the people they serve, always striving to make sure their community’s core needs are being met.

Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library helps lead the community by providing thousands of print materials, online resources and an array of weekly library programs for everyone.

“Libraries are cornerstones of democracy, promoting the free exchange of information and ideas for all,” said Letty Leija, Library & Cultural Arts Director. “They also foster civic engagement by keeping people in formed and aware of community events and issues.”

The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is celebrating National Library Week and will kick off the week’s activities with the christening of the grand opening of the “Smart Card Station”. All citizens who do not have a library Card, are invited to stop by the Smart Card Station and sign up for their free Library Smart Card which will help them unlock the world and take them to places they’ve only dreamed about. On Monday, April 8, 2019 form 6-8 PM be sure and attend the Cooking Simple Meals program and learn easy ways to not only make simple and delicious meals but also on a budget. Tuesday, April 9th, from 6-8 PM, local teens will get a chance to learn all about the meaning of emojis and their history while creating their own emoji Easter egg just in time for Easter. That same day and time- Tuesday, April 9th, 6-8 PM- the Friends of the Library will be hosting the “Getting to Know Your Library” event where those in attendance will learn all about our HCLS eLibrary RBDigital. Attendees will learn how to create an account, view collection (eBooks, eAudiobook, eMagazines, etc.), download resources and much more. This event is open to the public and the Friends of the Library will be raffling a tablet at the end of the program. Wednesday, April 10, from 6-8 PM, parents are invited to bring their children for a special afterschool program where children will have the opportunity to hear stories read aloud from our own community heroes; such as, City Mayor, Mr. Richard Molina, Chief of Police, Mr. Cesar Torres, and others. On Thursday, April 11, from 6-8 PM the community is invited to attend an Online Safety Training. Attendees will learn how to protect their private information and avoid Online scams. After the presentation families are invited to partake on the Family Gaming Night Super Smash Bros. A luck person will go home with an awesome prize.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information, visit the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at 1906 S. Closner Boulevard in Edinburg or call 956-383-6246. You may also visit the library’s website at www.edinburglibrary.us