Norwalk Library hosts author for National Library Week

The Norwalk Easter Public Library welcomes children’s author and children’s librarian Lydia M. Sigwarth for an author tour on Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Sigwarth will read his picture book, “Dear Librarian”, and give a short presentation on the book’s illustrations, comparing them to actual photos from his childhood. There will also be a craft activity.

“Dear Librarian” is a pictorial chronicle of a child’s discovery of the world of books and learning through the library. Publisher’s Weekly’s review describes the book as “a sweet ode to the effect one person can have on another and what a library can offer a community”.

Norwalk Easter Public Library celebrates Library Week 2022 with author Lydia M. Sigwarth and her book

This program is free and recommended for children four years and older with a parent or caregiver. Adults interested in the writing and publishing process will also be interested in attending. Beaverdale Books will provide copies of “Dear Librarian” for purchase and signing after the event.

The National Library Week theme for April 3-9, “Connect to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to connect to technology using the Internet, computers, and other resources. , as well as other people.

Libraries also provide opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and courses – in addition to books. Libraries also connect communities to each other. Overall, the theme is an explicit call to action – an invitation for communities to join, visit or advocate for their local libraries.

“The Norwalk Easter Public Library offers many amazing options for our users. We offer many programs and events for all ages, as well as many learning and recreational opportunities such as movies, e-books, sewing machines, online homework help, STEM kits, library seeds, board games, puzzles and books, to name a few. some nice things,” said library director Jean Strable.

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Jean Stable, Director of the Norwalk Easter Public Library

To further celebrate this special week, the Norwalk Fareway Store is offering “Round Up for Reading” where shoppers can add to their Fareway register receipt total at checkout with funds raised to support library programs and activities through from the Norwalk Easter Public Library Foundation.

National Library Week is an annual celebration sponsored by the American Library Association highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

Free sensory access hour at the Norwalk Library

The Norwalk Easter Public Library will provide quiet browsing and inclusive programming for people of all ages with special sensory needs and their families or caregivers from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 26.

“We try to provide a welcoming and safe space for every type of visitor, so this time around will be designed for people with autism and for anyone who appreciates a sensory environment,” said library director Jean Strable. The library plans to offer this opportunity monthly to help meet the needs of our growing community.

Sensory Access Hour is a space for families and caregivers to network, share community resources and build trust. Children and adolescents with special needs and their families are welcomed to the library by qualified and friendly staff who help navigate the library and its various services: using computers, locating library documents and promoting interactions positive social relationships with their peers. Specific sensory toys to help encourage positive play/interaction and minimize stress and anxiety are available.

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Norwalk Easter Public Library

For more information, see the calendar of events or contact the library at 515-981-0217 or [email protected]

Seed Library Sprouts Again at Norwalk Library

The Norwalk Easter Public Library Seed Library returns this spring. Customers can visit the library to select five packets from a wide assortment of flower, herb, and/or vegetable seeds. No library card is needed to “borrow” the seeds.

“As well as seeds, the library has a wide assortment of gardening books and magazines and even some gardening kits to borrow. The gardening kits include tools to help a gardener get started without having to invest in tools,” said library manager Jean Strable. “I hope Norwalk residents can use these free resources to discover the joys of gardening, saving money, learning new plants and eating.”

The Seed Library is available while supplies last. Volunteers from the Warren County Master Gardeners and Harvest Academy partnered with the library to provide the collection.

More information can be found by browsing, emailing [email protected], following the library on Facebook or Instagram, or calling the staff at 515-981-0217 .

Teresa Kay Albertson covers the southern suburbs of Des Moines for the Register and the Indianola Record-Herald. Contact her at [email protected] or 515-419-6098.

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