(Submitted photo)
(Submitted photo)
This week, the Decorah Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.  
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. 
The Decorah Public Library serves the area by providing programs for all ages, an ever-expanding list of online offerings, and collections of books, magazines, newspapers, audiobooks, movies, and more that grow every week. Details about upcoming programs and services are available on the library’s website, www.decorah.lib.ia.us.
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them.  Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Decorah Public Library Director Lorraine Borowski. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.” 
During National Library Week, Decorah Public Library is offering several programs for children and young adults, three tech help sessions for adults, a world affairs discussion group, and a history book discussion group.
Also in honor of National Library Week, anyone with overdue library materials may take advantage of fine amnesty: simply bring overdue items to the front desk of the library, let a staff member know that they are overdue, and all fines for those items will be removed.
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.  
For more information, visit the Decorah Public Library at 202 Winnebago St., call 382-3717 or see the library’s Web site at www.decorah.lib.ia.us. Library hours are Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Fri/Sat 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
Call the library at 382-3717 for more information.