Our Opinion: Library creates inviting opportunities

A library is an epicenter of imagination.

From its beginnings as a loaner of books, the modern library has evolved into both a distribution point and gathering place for information, entertainment, discussion, activities and creativity.

The Missouri River Regional Library – and its Osage County branch in Linn – will celebrate its multiple mission this week during National Library Week.

The theme for the observance is: “Create Your Own Story at the Library.”

Information and entertainment will be the focus of family movie night, a group discussion after watching a separate film about agriculture and food, and a world philosophy discussion group.

Arts and ecology will combine in two creative activities – one for youngsters and another for teens -- to convert recycled materials into works of art

The library also will embrace its role in community by activating its Food for Fines program. The program forgives $1 in overdue fines for each non-perishable food item brought to the library. The food is donated to area food pantries.

The week also will provide an opportunity for the library to introduce its new director and thank its patrons for their support.

Patrons are invited to meet Director Helen Rigdon from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the library’s art gallery.

The week will culminate with a Patron Appreciation Day – including food, entertainment and activities – from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

The observance offers an opportunity for regular patrons to celebrate and for others to re-engage with their public library and its many offerings and opportunities.

We encourage everyone to create their own story about how the library serves them.

Correction: The time for meeting the library director is 7:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The time listed in the original version of this item was incorrect and has since been corrected.

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