Library is hosting a bird talk, the movie 'The Greatest Showman' and a Chamber of Commerce Greeters meeting

GARY ALLEN - Library Director Leah Griffith and Denise Reilly, adult services director, display some of the things available to check out from  the 'Library of Things.'

The Newberg Public Library will celebrate National Library Week with visits from volunteers from a local wildlife refuge, host a Chamber of Commerce meeting, show a film and more. Coinciding with National Library Week, the Newberg library is also celebrating the opening of its Library of Things where patrons can check our more than books.

National Library Week begins Sunday and continues through April. 14. Events at the library will commence April 10, just about the time when installation of the new children's room carpet will be completed. The children's room is closed until the 10th while they set up computers and put the books back on the shelves.

The festivities in Newberg will coincide with National Library Workers Day on April 10. It is a day to "To recognize the hard work, dedication and expertise of library support staff and librarians," according to the American Library Association.

Patrons can share a memory on the memory wall of how a library helped someone learn a new skill or introduced them to a great book character.

At 4 p.m. April 10, the library will host Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, who will share about birds found in the refuge and, possibly, some nests and eggs.

On April 13, the library will host the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce's Greeters meeting at 8 a.m. Twelve hours later at 8 p.m. the library will screen 'The Greatest Showman," with free popcorn.

"This is a wonderful film; one of my favorite ones! It is a musical drama about a circus and the lives in a circus," said Leah Griffin, library director.

April 14 is the grand opening of the Library of Things, where patrons can check out ukuleles, a telescope, games, knit and crochet kits, cake pans and other things. The concept, Griffith said, is that the library checks out the things just as one would check out a book, using a library card.

"Sometimes we only need something one time. Why go buy it if you need that special cake pan when you can just check it out?" she added. "We are excited to offer the new Library of Things. We're going to have a ghost hunter kit. … A lot of people come in looking through our archives to find the history on their homes to see if it might be haunted, so we decided to offer a ghost hunting kit."

During the week patrons can also enter the "Where Did the Library Lead You" contest and tell how the library led to someone of value in your life. One randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card and a copy of "Firebird," the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book by Misty Copeland.

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