Oak Ridge Public Library Celebrates National Library Week with Donation Drive


April 7, 2017

In celebration of National Library Week, April 9-15, the Oak Ridge Public Library will be accepting donations for ADFAC (Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties) and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for the whole month of April.

National Library Week is a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries today are no longer just a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where patrons can get individual help with an online job application or listen to a story with their toddler.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” Kathy McNeilly, Oak Ridge Public Library Director, said. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”

During the library’s month-long donation drive, you can help restock ADFAC’s Crisis Pantry with personal items like shampoo, bath soap, lotion, paper products, bath soap, detergents and diapers (adult and baby). New school supplies, like backpacks, pencils, notebook paper, and crayons, are needed for ADFAC’s regular distribution this summer.

CASA will accept donations for children from 0-18 years of age. Coloring books, markers, small toys, duffel bags and $5 McDonald’s gift cards are especially needed. Donations will be taken for the whole month of April, not just during National Library Week. Additional National Library Week activities include:

  • Oak Ridge Trivia - Questions will be posted on the ORPL Facebook and Twitter pages April 10-14. Trivia questions can also be found in a display case at the library.
  • “Why I love my Library” - Fill out a paper heart with your reason and it will be posted in the library or the Children’s Room.

For more information, visit Oak Ridge Public Library at the Civic Center, call (865) 425-3455 or visit the library’s web site at www.orpl.org.