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April 1, 2016
 
Transform your ideas about the library: Celebrate National Library Week April 10-16

This month, the Chandler Public Library joins with libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week and will kick off a year-long campaign to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more about what they do; engaging library users. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers. For example, the Chandler Public Library offers access to a variety of online digital resources, including the 3M Cloud Library, free access to Lynda.com and ConsumerReports.org, Zinio Magazines and IndieFlix. It is a place where people can collaborate using new technologies, such as learning how to use a 3D printer, or participate in community forums like TEDx.

Such tech-based resources transform lives through digital literacy and lifelong learning, contributing to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment. Yet libraries are often overlooked as catalysts for powerful individual and community change.

Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. The Chandler Public Library is transforming by offering professional arts programs for older adults, green living programs, cultural events, STEAM programs for young people and storytimes to promote literacy, to name a few. This is in response to the needs of the growing Chandler community.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Brenda Brown, Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life. Today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for people,” adds Brown.

Libraries are many things to many people. They work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and their staff listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The Chandler Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by collecting stories from community members whose lives have been transformed by libraries. Every day, people of all ages and backgrounds turn to their libraries to find jobs or go online, to get help with homework or complex research projects, to start on a business plan, connect with their kids or simply find a space to relax. For every person who loves libraries, there is a story about what the library means to them. Stories may be submitted at chandlerlibrary.org.
 
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance supported by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. 
For more information, visit any of the four Chandler Public Libraries or go the library’s website at chandlerlibrary.org.

 
Basha, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive
Monday – Wednesday            7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday - Friday                   7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday                                 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday                                    Closed
 
Downtown, 22 S. Delaware Street
Monday - Wednesday            9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday               9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday                                    1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Hamilton, 3700 S. Arizona Avenue
Monday - Wednesday            7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday - Friday                   7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday                                 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday                                    Closed
 
Sunset, 4930 W. Ray Road
Monday - Thursday                10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday                    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday                                    1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
 
 
  • About Chandler Public Library
    Serving residents of Chandler and the East Valley since 1954, Chandler Public Library has a commitment to being the reading, learning and cultural center of the community. As the information leaders, we provide a variety of resources, in a variety of formats, so library users of all ag