Leetonia Library to mark National Library Week with activities, raffle

LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library this week will mark National Library Week with a series of activities and a weekend raffle.

According to Library Director Lisa Rohrbaugh, the library staff has planned a week of special activities to promote programs offered year round at the facility.

“We’re encouraging people to take advantage of programs we have,” she said. “The theme of ‘Communities Matter at Your Library’ offers a great opportunity to do something…we truly are a community library and a lot of people use [the facility].”

The following activities are scheduled to celebrate the community:

On Monday, the Nonfiction Book Group is meeting to discuss Steven Ujifusa’s book “A Man and His Ship” about the building of the ocean liner S.S. United States.

Tuesday will feature a special science project at the Leetonia Middle School. A staff member of the Oh Wow Science Center of Youngstown will be showing fifth and sixth graders the magic of electromagnetism. The program is a cooperative effort of the Oh Wow Center, the school and the library.

Tuesday will also include the regularly scheduled Preschool Story Time at 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. for 45 minutes of stories, a craft and fun; and the Friends of the Library meeting at 6 p.m. to discuss their upcoming Garden Party and Book Sale/Community Yard Sale.

Toddlers can enjoy playing, singing, dancing and laughing together with the Playgroup which meets at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

On Thursday library staff will be ready to help patrons get started with eBooks with special one-on-one sessions from 1 to 4 p.m. Members of the Board of Trustees are meeting that evening at 5:30 p.m. The public is always welcome to attend.

The original film “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly will be shown at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The week will culminate in a raffle drawing for two decorative cabinets filled with age appropriated prizes- one for teens and adults and one for youth. Patrons will enter a ticket for each item checked out during the week. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are two-for-one days in which patrons can enter two tickets for each item checked out. Anyone attending the movie on Saturday can also enter the drawing.

Rohrbaugh explained that the programs can appeal to both children and adults and said she hopes a trip to the library can be a family outing.

“Parents need to expose their children to these things because every word they hear helps introduce them to a new vocabulary and makes it easier for them to read on their own. That should be a priority for parents with little children and we’d like to see more parents here with their children.”

For information about the week’s activities or other programs offered at the library call 330-427-6635.

Kevin Howell can be reached at khowell@salemnews.net