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Lower Valley's Cooper-Siegel gearing up for National Library Week

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

From health screenings to handwriting analyses and hands-on crafts, Lower Valley residents have the perfect chance next week to find out why the Cooper- Siegel Community Library is more than just a place to check out a good book.

The facility along Fox Chapel Road celebrates National Library Week from April 14 to 20 to highlight the value of libraries in schools and communities nationwide.

“Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues,” said Ann Andrews, reference librarian.

Founded in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association each April.

Locally, the Cooper-Siegel Library plans a slew of activities to attract newcomers and thank loyal patrons.

Some of next week's highlights include a beginner's course for Facebook, a poetry picnic for teens and Earth Day games and plantings. Special guests include handwriting expert Michelle Dresbold, Poet Sam Hazo — the first poet laureate of Pennsylvania — and historical interpreter Alan Irvine, who will speak about Pennsylvanians in the Civil War.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, the library will host a health screening where residents can check their blood pressure, hearing and skin.

“(National Library) week is the time to note the importance of library,” said Executive Director Stephanie Flom.

“Throughout the nation it is a time of advocacy about the need for public resources to support libraries.”

It is a chance to recognize that the library holds a central role in the local communities, and, it is also a time to thank patrons for their support and survey them on ways to improve the site.

“Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, spaces in which to hold meetings or to study, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, the librarians listen to the community and respond,” Andrews said. “We are a community resource and the first place many people turn to in the community.”

For more information, call 412-828-9520 or visit www.coopersiegel communitylibrary.org.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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