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Change your life during Library Week

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

This week, April 13-19, communities across the country celebrate National Library Week to remind the public about the contributions that libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities.

“Lives Change at your Library” is the fitting theme for this year’s National Library Week celebration.

Libraries of all types serve as catalysts in their communities, offering opportunities for children and adults alike to learn, grow and achieve their dreams.

I would like to take this opportunity to let the community know that there will be an hours change at your library beginning Saturday, May 3, at the Dixon Public Library.

Libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge, providing free access to information for all people, but for many years our library has not served the children equally because the youth department closed 2 hours earlier than the adult department.

Starting May 3, the new hours will be 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday in both departments.

Library usage reports, as well as patron surveys, were used to determine hours that I hope will best meet the needs of the community.

If you haven’t been to the library in a while, I encourage you to stop in and get a card during National Library Week. Library cards are free to those who live within the city limits of Dixon and are $50 per household for non-residents.

Your library card can be used to check out materials from the library or to download e-books, audiobooks, or magazines from our digital services. Your library card is also reciprocal at other libraries in Illinois.

National Library Week is the perfect time to remember that when it is time to make a change and improve your life, the place to be is at your library.

Note to readers: Lynn Roe is the Dixon Public Library director.

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