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Jefferson County Library District continues to expand its mission to educate, engage and explore

This week, we celebrate National Library Week and acknowledge libraries' pivotal role in communities across the country.

National Library Week was created in 1958 as a weeklong celebration to motivate everyone to read, supporting your local library, and showing appreciation to the library staff. The 2021 theme is "Welcome to your Library!" - something we always strive to do, especially this week.

Welcome to your Jefferson County Library. The library has so much to offer you. National Library Week seems like a great time to highlight the programs we offer, the resources we provide, the information we share. Come in and find out more as we continue to chart a course that expands our mission to educate, engage and explore.

Educate

Are you curious? Did you love to learn about new species, unsolved histories or what makes people tick? This year, JCLD added Curiosity Stream to their online resources. Curiosity Stream was launched in 2015 and is full of video content to help you expand your world and educate your mind.

"The addition of Curiosity Stream to the library resources opens up avenues of learning that are not available previously," Community Service Library Gretchen Schlie stated. "I have learned some interesting facts about the CIA Director William Colby and the issues leading up to the Vietnam War that I did not know. Another big story right now is the landing of the rover Perseverance on Mars. Curiosity Stream has given me some background on NASA's whole MARS project. I have enjoyed being able to access Curiosity Stream from the library website."

I encourage you to go to the website and check out this recently added resource. To get on board, all you need is a library card. I am sure we can find you one.

Engage

We all love a good story, and I am sure that with our 40,000-plus books in our stacks, there is lots of great reading in which to engage. But sometimes, it just feels good to tell a story. Telling stories is universal. Stories entertain us, inform us, teach us, and convict us. Stories show us how others dealt with similar issues in the past and guide us to make better choices for the future. Telling stories connects us all. With stories, we engage.

This year, JCLD will be focusing on the art of storytelling and oral tradition. On March 20, the Library kicked off a year-long event called "I AM A STORY!" The goals of the project are:

1. To educate the community on important issues that we all face. Learn about each other through shared experience. Listening to others' stories can widen our perspective and help us realize what we have in common.

2. To provide opportunities for engagement, open dialogue, and strengthen community ties by establishing connections with people from diverse backgrounds. A community is strengthened when its members share stories.

3. To explore new avenues to further discussions and preserve our collective cultural history. (Collect stories and publish them for our Community Read book). Our history is vital for making changes and moving forward.

Stay on the lookout for more information about storytelling events and workshops coming to a library near you – Oh, that's us!

Explore

Your library is a place of adventure and exploration. It's true! At JCLD, we have tools to help you explore new reading materials. Ask a reference desk librarian to recommend a new book or set up a time to meet with our genealogy librarian to find out more about your family.

On the JCLD website, there is a research tab. This tab allows you to find out how to fix a 1957 Chevy, print off tax papers, or prep for a career change. Our online database will enable you to expand your book search to pull books from the tri-county libraries.

We have a full-service business center with notary services, computers, printers, faxing and scanning options. There is much more to explore than just the bookshelves at the JCLD. However, the stacks are an excellent place to start.

Collaborate

Another vital role of your library is to collaborate with others to share and collect information. The Bean Foundation is partnering with the Jefferson County Historical Society and the Jefferson County Library District to launch the "Tell Us Your Westside Story" campaign that began on April 1.

The campaign will celebrate the Madras building that served as Madras Union High School, Madras Junior High, and Westside Elementary.

You can drop off memorabilia or memories at the library or the historical society. One place to learn more about this important project is on the library's website: https://www.jcld.org/tell-us-your-westside-story. Your story is important! Take a moment to share.

Stop in the library and visit. We would love to see you.


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