MEREDITH — This year National Library Week is the week of April 13th-19th, and the Meredith Public Library will be pulling out all the stops to make it one of the best weeks of the year.
There are a several other special days during the week. Thursday, April 17th is also Celebrate Teen Lit Day, and the Meredith Public Library will be hosting a visit from local author Erin Bowman (author of the hit novel "Taken") from 5 to 6 p.m. Erin, whose second novel, "Frozen," is being released days earlier on the 15th, will be at the library to host a free workshop for young, aspiring writers. Attendees can look forward to spending the hour discussing craft and publishing, doing writing exercises, and peppering our host with questions. This workshop is designed for high school and college writers, roughly ages 13-22. The signup sheet for this event is in the MPL Children's Room, so you can sign up in person, or by calling 279-4303. The cap for this program is 20 people, so make sure to reserve a spot as soon as possible. Attendees are asked to bring their own writing utensils (laptop, journal and pencil, etc.), and arrive prepared to write.
Additionally, Tuesday, April 15th happens to be National Library Workers Day, when we try to take the time to say a special thank you to the caring staff that make our library run. Coincidently, this year's NLW theme is "Lives Change at Your Library," so this will be a great opportunity to let your favorite library staff member know how they've changed your life or the life of someone close to you!
The library will also be hosting a Genealogy Lock-In on Friday, April 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. Join your fellow genealogists after the library closes for fun, research, and food.. Please bring $5 if you wish to have pizza at 6 p.m.
And finally, the library is running a few other events for the kids throughout the week, including an all-ages Hobbit Night on Wednesday, April 16 with a hobbit feet craft at 4 p.m., and a showing of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" at 5 p.m. And then end the week on a high note with a Guitar Hero Power Hour for kids age 10-18 on Friday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m.