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Library Week will be one for the books
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To prepare for National Library Week, Friends of Great Bend Library Sandy Dayton, left, and Mary Ann June arrange books for a half-price sale at the Great Bend Public Library Book Store. The sale will be held near the Friends Book Store shelves in the library from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 15. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Local children’s authors Gina Cook and Tami Dykes will visit Great Bend Public Library during National Library Week, April 14-20. Other events include the semiannual food-for-fines drive, a computer class and three free movie events for the public, said Jennifer King, Young Adult/marketing librarian.
In addition, the Friends of the Great Bend Public Library will hold a half-price sale on all bookstore items from 1-8 p.m. on Monday, April 15. Friends will also be giving away free suckers all day Monday.
Ellinwood resident Gina Cook has published “Just a Little Lion,” and Tami Dykes of Great Bend has published “Being Too Small is Big Enough.” They will be at the library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, for a story time featuring both of their books, followed by a book signing.
Students in grades 7-12 can attend Teen Movie Monday on April 15. The library will be showing “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at 4 p.m.
This month’s Adults’ Night Out movie will be shown at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 19. North doors to the library will open at 6:45 p.m. and close at 7:10. The featured blockbuster movie chronicles an American President’s time in office during the Civil War, as he struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
There will also be a Family Movie Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The movie is about an 11-year-old boy who has his life changed forever when he befriends the class outsider, a girl. Together they create an imaginary kingdom called Terabithia where they can create their own adventures with giants, trolls and other incredible creatures until tragedy ultimately befalls their friendship.
The library will have another free computer class at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. This week’s class will cover Novelist. Pre-registration required.
Throughout the month of April the Great Bend Public Library is featuring the wood carvings of Robert E. Button.
For more information visit the library’s website at or call the library at 792-2409.

About National Library Week
 Great Bend Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, King said. Sponsors note that libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. The Great Bend Public Library provides technology classes, access to e-books and downloadable audio books, free Internet access and public computers, programming for all ages, among other services.
 “Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said King. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”
 First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.