National Library Week Begins Sunday

Press Release by Adele Groote, Taneyhills Community Library

Did you know April 4-10 is National Library Week? This year’s theme is “Welcome to Your Library.” When is the last time you visited the Taneyhills Library in Branson?

National Library Week is a time to showcase the essential services libraries offer to transform and strengthen the community. The wealth of resources available to all ages has expanded in recent years. Books, ebooks, DVDs, large print books, and audiobooks are available with a Taneyhills Library membership. Families and seniors quickly realize how much money they save on in-home entertainment, research, and leisure reading with a library membership.

Did you know libraries are your local business center? Taneyhills Library offers free WiFi. Need basic office equipment for faxing, scanning, printing, and emailing documents? No problem, we’re ready to help you check it off your to-do list.

In recent years, Taneyhills Library has made tremendous strides in updating equipment, remodeling the building, and purchasing current books and media. “The American Library Association says it best,” states Library Director Marcia Schemper-Carlock, “whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery, and exploration.”

During these challenging times, Taneyhills Library quickly adapted to our changing world by offering curbside checkout, creating “take & make” packets for children’s programs, and offering a safe environment while continuing to meet the needs of our customers. Plans are currently underway for the annual summer reading program offered to children ages 4-10. This popular six-week program projects participation from over 100 children ages 4-10.

For 2021, the City of Hollister will underwrite an annual Taneyhills Library membership for families with at least one child under the age of 18 residing in the household. To qualify, residents need to show their current address with a zip code of 65672 or 65673. As an added incentive for National Library Week, all new library members will be registered in a raffle to receive two WonderWorks tickets. “It’s amazing how local businesses have partnered with us to promote the importance of the library,” comments Schemper-Carlock.

Taneyhills Library has been serving Taney County since 1933. It is not a tax-supported library, much to the surprise of new and established residents. Volunteers have worked diligently to keep library services available to the community. However, COVID has been a reality check for the Library’s Board in responding to the lack of volunteers and future funding challenges.

Taneyhills Library is located at 200 S. 4th Street in Branson. Annual library membership is $5 for an individual and $15 for a family of three or more household members. Operating hours are Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 1 pm. For online information, the Library’s website – http://www.thlibrary.org – or FaceBook page – http://www.facebook.com/taneyhills contains additional information and resources.

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