National Library Week

Lives Change @ Your Library

APRIL 13-19, 2014

Celebrate National Library Week with us at the Valor Library!

The theme "Lives Change @ Your Library" captures the enduring values that we experience through reading and creating. The Valor Library offers our community an energizing place to engage with books, ideas, and one other; it’s a place to grow as a thinker, a reader, and a lifelong learner. Join us in any of the week's reading-related events!

Monday, April 14

We'll kick off the week by getting to know our community's favorite books. What books have changed your life? (Everything from The Little Engine That Could to Lord of the Flies is fair game.) Come by to have your picture taken with your favorite book (or choose a book that is a current favorite.) We will be putting the pictures onto a READ graphic--view some of the READ pictures from past years to get an idea of what your picture will look like (or take a look at the three photos of past participants shown below); feel free to be like Mike or be your own creative self. Pictures will be posted around the library during National Library Week, and prints will be distributed to participants the following week!

All week - Tell your library story. Download this document and fill in the speech bubble with a comment about what literacy, literature, or libraries have meant to you. Submit your comment to your librarians who will post the stories around the library.

All week - Make a Change Contest! Change a cover or change a title or change a story. Have you ever seen a cover that horrified you? Been misled by a poor title? Finished a book and found yourself unsatisfied? Change it!

Prizes for the Make a Change Contest will be awarded to faculty and student winners the following week (Faculty prizes - 1st - $25, 2nd - $10, 3rd - $5; Student prizes - 1st - $25, 2nd - $10, 3rd - $5). The basic rules of the contest are listed below. If you have questions, ask a librarian.

1. Select a book cover, title, or a story ending that you would like to change.

  • For those changing covers, feel free to design by hand or via computer.

  • For those changing titles, write an explanation of your new title.

  • For those changing endings, feel free to choose any story. Your changed ending should be a minimum of 300 words but may be as long as you wish.

2. Label the “new” cover, title, or ending with the following information: name; grade.

3. Submit your new cover, title, or ending to your librarians by the end of the school day on Thursday.

Tuesday, April 15

As you all know, teachers read; they read all the time; they read all sorts of things. And they have read things that have impacted each of their lives! Look forward to hearing some of your teachers read aloud the verses, stories, poems, or articles that have shaped them.

A few resources on reading aloud:

Wednesday, April 16

Celebrate the most powerful book of all, the book that has the power to truly transform lives--the Bible! So many unique and extraordinary Bibles have been printed--all sizes, ages, and bindings...Bring in your special or unique Bible for display in the locked glass cases.

Share life-changing words of the Bible by reading verses on display in the library about the power of God’s word. Or click here to view some of the verses that have been selected.

Libraries play a part in enriching lives, but God's Word transforms lives.

A few of the specialized Bibles available in the Valor library are listed below; stop by the library to browse the 220.5 section of the collection to view even more Bibles.

  • 220.5 CAS The Case for Christ Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010.

  • 220.5 CHR The Chronological Study Bible: New King James Version. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2008.

  • 220.5 INS The Inspirational Study Bible: Life Lessons From the Inspired Word of God. Dallas: Word Bibles, 1995.

  • 220.5 MIL Stephen M. Miller. The Complete Visual Bible. Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour, 2011.

  • 220.5 NAV Nave, Orville J. Nave's Topical Bible. McLean, Virginia: MacDonald Pub. Co., 1979.

  • 220.5 NIV NIV Archaeological Study Bible: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture: New International Version. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005.

  • 220.5 ONE The One Year Bible: Arranged in 365 Daily Readings. New International Version. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1988.

  • 220.5 POV The Poverty and Justice Bible. Contemporary English Version. New York: American Bible Society, 2009.

  • 220.5 SPA The Names of God Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2011.

  • 220.5 STA START!: The Bible for New Believers. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2010.

  • 220.5 STE Complete Jewish Bible: An English Version of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and B'rit Hadashah (New Testament). 1st ed. Clarksville, Md.: Jewish New Testament Publications, 1998.

  • 220.52 STO The Story: Read the Bible as One Seamless story from beginning to end. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008.

  • 220.5208 APO Apologetics Study Bible: For Students. Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009.

  • 220.5208 APO The Apologetics Study Bible: Understand Why You Believe. Nashville, Tenn. : Holman Bible Pub., 2007.

  • SP 220.6089 SAN Santa Biblia. Miami, FL: Editorial Vida, 1999.

Wednesday and beyond - Fill out the Valor Library Survey to provide your opinion of library services over the 2013-2014 school year.

Upon completion, a cookie will be yours for the taking; your input, whatever it may say, feeds our services to you! While cookies will only be available on Wednesday, the survey will be live on the library site through the end of April.

Thursday, April 17 Early release - Friday, April 18 - No school

Thursday and Friday - Even though we have early release on Thursday and no school on Friday, be sure to let your National Library Week celebration continue at full steam.

Go to the public library to discover all the services your public library offers to enhance your life. The following are a few links to public libraries to get you started:

Beyond National Library Week...

A print of the READ photos that we took during National Library Week will be yours. We will distribute them or you can stop by to pick one up. We will also award the prize for the best change of cover or book. Thanks for participating!

And remember, your librarians eagerly await your input on library services; fill out the survey: