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April 11, 2010

National Library Week, April 11-17

Librarians are my heroes.  This is a response we received recently at the reference desk, and what a terrific way to begin National Library Week!

This week, libraries across the country promote the value that libraries and librarians bring to their communities by offering a wide variety of activities and events.  WSLL, MLRC and DCLRC are pleased and proud to join in that tradition again this year.

Visitors to our libraries will find a variety of legal resource displays, treats, and even some library and law themed games with chances to win prizes! This year we're also providing an opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of incarcerated parents and their young children.

DCLRC has organized a book donation drive to support Kids Connection, a volunteer student-run project of the UW-Madison SLIS Jail Library Group. Kids Connection promotes family literacy and communication between locally incarcerated custodial parents and their children, by giving inmates the opportunity to record themselves reading a children's book aloud. Both the book and the recording are sent as a gift to the inmate's child(ren), who can then listen to Mom's or Dad's voice while following along in the book. We hope you'll consider supporting Kids Connection by donating a book or two.  Drop off your donated book at WSLL and get a small treat and an entry to win a prize.

Donations of new or very gently used children's books for Kids Connection may be dropped off Monday through Friday April 12-16 at the Dane County Legal Resource Center or the Wisconsin State Law Library. Kids Connection is especially in need of books for toddlers and preschoolers, but they will accept donations appropriate for infants through 5th grade (ages 10-11). To get some ideas, see this list of suggested notable and popular children's books categorized by age.

So – remember to visit us April 12-16 to drop off your children's book donation, enjoy a treat, enter a quick and fun contest, and help us celebrate National Library Week 2010. The more the merrier, so invite your colleagues, too!

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