National Library Week is April 10-16 this year with the theme Libraries Transform.  We’re taking the theme to a more literal level this year with the transformation of our website to a new mobile-friendly design that we hope you love.  We also aim to help people transform every day.  Whether it’s the transformation of a gloomy day to an enjoyable one of reading by the fire or a life transformed by learning a new technology, we’re privileged to help our patrons explore their transformations.

What else do we get to do?  We love to provide space for displays of children’s artwork as well as public meetings and community events.  If you have a group that needs a place to meet, we have several meeting rooms available to groups of all sizes.  We’ve also been building our online community through Facebook and Twitter as well as a wide variety of online services like downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooksresearch and homework resourceslanguage learning tools, and our newest service, hoopla for streaming and downloading music, movies, and more.

All week long, we’re celebrating with events for all ages. Come join in!

Mon., April 11, from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Those planning for retirement will want to know about the impending changes to Social Security claiming strategies designed to eliminate unintended loopholes. Bring your questions – and your lunch if you like – for this informative session.

Mon., April 11, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Get hands-on help signing up for your online Social Security account. Social Security staff will be available to help individuals with the process.

Tues., April 12, at 2:00 pm
Families are invited to attend a free screening of The Peanuts Movie. The animated adventure comedy features Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang. The film is rated G and runs for 88 minutes.

Tues., April 12, at 7:00 p.m.
Adult sibling relationships are the topic of MSU Extension Educator Holley Tiret’s informative talk. Learn how sibling relationships change over the years, how to work together to care for aging parents, and how important the brother and sister bonds are to an individual’s well-being as they age.

Tues., April 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Bedtime Storytime is for those for whom nighttime is the right time to enjoy stories, music, and crafts. Children may wear their pajamas and bring along a favorite stuffed animal to share in the fun.

Wed., April 13, at 9:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.
Families with children ages 0-5 are invited to participate in the OAISD Play ‘n Learn sessions. Stories, educational play, and information about reading readiness, as well as a free book for each family to take home are included.

Wed., April 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Michigan Questers president Connie Yore talks about antique and vintage jewelry while sharing some favorite pieces from her personal collection. Yore’s collection includes jewelry dating from the 1850s to the 1970s. While no appraisals will be given, attendees are welcome to bring jewelry for Connie to identify.

Thurs., April 14, and Fri., April 15, at 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Storytime, designed for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers, features stories, music, dancing, and crafts as well as the opportunity to socialize with other families.

Thurs., April 14, at 4:00 p.m.
Full STEAM Ahead! Creative science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities for girls and boys ages 7-12.

Fri., April 15, at 2:30 p.m.
Sign up for a spot in the Photoshop Elements 12 class and learn easy ways to make your digital photos look great. Pre-registration required; register online.

Stop by the library this week to see what’s new – we’re always trying to make things better for you!   Whether you’re connecting with a book, technology, friend, or library staff, we’re all here to help you continue on your path.  Come visit us this week and every week – the possibilities are unlimited!