Edinburg Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week April 9-15. The goal is to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than warehouses for books. Instead, libraries and librarians transform lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming. Libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide and level the playing field by providing free access to information and technologies that many in their communities would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Libraries help to ensure the American dream and promote democracy by providing service to all regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and meet the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The Sekula Memorial Library serves Edinburg and its surrounding communities and schools by providing free resources and programs for everyone and all are welcome.

April 12, at 6 p.m., join the Children’s Department for story reading and puppet show entitled Snatch a Book. Afterward, the children will create stain glass book markers and will make their own chocolate sundaes.

Thursday, April, 13, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Professor, Dr. Robert Johnson, will present his latest book “Did Beatniks Kill John F. Kennedy? Bongo Joe's Requiem for the President.” Dr. Johnson will discuss new facts about the Kennedy Assassination uncovered during his research on Joe's performances at the infamous "Cellar" nightclub in Fort Worth, Texas. The book presentation and signing will take place at 6 p.m.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance each April sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country.

For more information, visit the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at 1906 S. Closner in Edinburg, call 956.383.6246 or visit http://www.edinburglibrary.us.