KOKOMO, Ind. — The Indiana University Kokomo Library will celebrate the theme of National Library Week by unveiling plans for its upcoming renovation.
“Libraries Transform” is the theme for this year’s celebration, sponsored each April by the American Library Association, in honor of the contributions libraries and library workers make to American culture and society.
“We provide services that help students succeed academically,” said Diane Bever, reference and information services librarian. “We can help them find resources not only for a research paper, but to back up a speech, develop a business plan in a business class, or create a care plan in a nursing class. Our professional librarians connect students with the resources they need.”
The IU Kokomo Library will enhance those services with approximately $1 million in renovations, with plans for the work displayed in the lobby this week. Work is expected to begin in May, to provide additional space for individual and group work, as well as new study room. The Library will remain open during the construction, which will continue through the summer.
Events throughout the week include free popcorn, guessing contests with prizes, a scavenger hunt with a new clue each day, and sharing selfies to show how libraries transform, using the hashtags #myiuk #IUKLibrarytransform #NLW16 #LibrariesTransform
Library staff kicked off the celebration Monday with games, prizes, giveaways, and signs ups for Kokomo-Howard County Public Library cards, which are available to all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of county residency.
Tuesday, April 12, is National Library Workers Day, recognizing the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Activities include a prize wheel at 2 p.m. On Wednesday, the campus community is invited to join library staff for cake in the lobby.
For more information about the IU Kokomo Library, go to iuk.edu/library
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.