Oak Ridge Public Library will join 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, a time to highlight the changing roles of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more about what they can do for library users as opposed to what they have for users. Libraries are not only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where patrons can learn how to use an electronic reader, 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 Oak Ridge Public Library,” says Kathy McNeilly, Library Director. “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.”

Oak Ridge Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by accepting donations for ADFAC (Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties) and the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter for the whole month of April.

The Animal Shelter needs cat, dog, kitten or puppy food, bleach for cleaning, odor diffusers or air fresheners, towels, and bedding. Children’s books about animals, animal welfare or pet ownership are also appreciated. These books are given to children and families who adopt a pet.

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.

Donations will be accepted the entire month of April, not just during National Library Week. Please call the Library at 425-3455 if you have any questions about donating supplies.

Adult patrons with a valid library account are eligible to win free DVD rentals in the contest, “Where Is It?” Contestants identify the Oak Ridge location that a photograph depicts for a chance to win up to 3 free DVD rentals. Entry forms will be at the Main Desk from April 1-30.

Children under the age of 18 can read away their fines during the month of April with the Ruff Reading program. By reading to one of the Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (H.A.B.I.T.) dogs under the supervision of the Children’s Room staff, children can reduce their fines by $1.00 for every thirty minutes of attentive reading.

Stop by the Oak Ridge Public Library and get your library card. It is free for Oak Ridge residents. All you need are photo identification and proof of residence. For non-residents, property owners are also eligible for free cards if a current tax receipt is shown.

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.

For more information about the City of Oak Ridge please visit, www.oakridgetn.gov.

Media Contact: Nick Sisco nsisco@oakridgetn.gov (865) 425-3546