All the April Celebrations!
To start, April brings National Library Week, April 8 – 14. Sponsored by the National Library Association, this is a week celebrating libraries, acknowledging all the important work that they do and the valuable contributions they make and to encourage new users. New users who sign up for a card during this week will receive a keychain mini flashlight. On Tuesday, April 10, at 2 p.m., we will be holding our first naturalization ceremony at the library. This ceremony will provide a wonderful opportunity to welcome new citizens while celebrating the opportunities, educational and cultural, that are available to all at the library. Join us to see what a naturalization ceremony is like and to celebrate 25 new U.S. citizens. It is so fitting for this ceremony to be held at the library, as we are a welcoming place, as is our city of New Britain, so rich and diverse with the many nationalities, cultures and ethnicities and its long history of immigrants. This ceremony is made possible with the help of the Hartford Public Library, USCIS and as a member of the Peer Library Citizenship Collaborative: a group of Connecticut libraries working together to increase our ability to better serve immigrants in our communities. That same day is also is National Library Workers Day: a day to recognize and thank to library workers for the contributions of their valuable library work. Libraries work because they do!
Starting during National Library Week, we will be holding “Food For Fines” for 2 weeks. Can’t use your library card because too many fines? Not returning something because you can’t afford the overdue fine? It’s fine forgiveness at the library for New Britain library items. Return your overdue items and pay off your fines with food items that we will bring to a local food bank. One can for every $5 that you owe, to a maximum of $25. This does not apply to lost items. All items returned must be returned to staff to be cleared. We get our books back. We get you back. You get to use your library card again and you help those who are less fortunate with your donation of nonperishable goods. Expired items will not be accepted. For a list of acceptable items, please contact us.
During the whole month of April, we are participating in the statewide Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries program. Stop by to pick up a library passport. Visit at least 5 of the 124 participating libraries, get your passport stamped and receive a free token gift. Turn in your passport in May for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card in the statewide drawing. It’s a great opportunity to see the many wonderful libraries Connecticut has.
And don’t forget the Friends of the Library first ever Children’s’/Young Adult Book Sale. The Community Room will be filled with gently used, reasonably priced items, Friday, April 20, from 2 – 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will also be craft activities for kids to enjoy.
It is also time for the library’s Annual Giving Campaign which raises additional funding for the library. These funds help the library to achieve projects and services, which are not possible to do with our budget. No donation is too small…and of course none is too large! Let us know if you would like to be added to our mailing list or pick up a donation form at the library. We thank all our wonderful donors. Your donation is a strong statement of the importance of the library in the community and each is a gift of the heart which benefits many.