Library prepares for National Library Week

Published 10:52 am Friday, April 1, 2016

As part of its annual celebration for National Library Week, Friends of the Lincoln County Public Library will host a reception at the library April 14 from 5-7 p.m.

The reception will have a drawing for two Kindle Fire tablets, and students from fourth to sixth grades have submitted posters for the event. From now until the day of the reception, patrons of the library will have a chance to vote for their favorite posters and enter into a drawing for the tablets.

“You only get one entry per visit,” Friends founder Pam Womack said. “Which means you need to come to the library during these next two weeks. We are encouraging people to check out books, to read more and to enter in the drawing.

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“We’re giving people incentives to come to the library. Although, to me, books are the best incentive to come to the library.”

The reception will also feature local authors.

“We’re going to have tables set up for people to sell their books,” Womack said. “Any local authors — anybody who’s published a book — please call me. And we will be sure to have a spot for you at the table.”

Womack can be reached at 601-320-4304.

Friends of the Library has also recently been awarded a $300 Margaret Murray Grant from the Mississippi Library Commission.

“She was the head of the Mississippi Friends of the Library, and she retired a couple years ago,” Womack said. “This grant is in her name because she was such a fabulous proponent of Friends of the Library. She was a great cheerleader for Friends all over the state. She cheered me on for sure. She was full of ideas. When you got off the phone with her, you were exhausted for all her good ideas. So I applied for our chapter, told her what we were doing, and we were awarded the grant.”

Friends hosts a continuous book sale to raise money for the library. People can buy books for $1 — or sometimes as low as 25 cents.

“It’s great for presents,” Womack said. “Most of the time, people don’t mind used books if it’s in good shape.”

The money is earmarked for programming, collection and literacy activities. Womack said Friends intends to start a reading program in the fall.