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Special Week Highlights How Libraries Transform Lives, Strengthen Communities

Despite being physically closed due to COVID-19 virus precautions, the Lake Wales Public Library is celebrating National Library Week, April 19-25.

The library is inviting all community members to find the library from their own personal place by visiting the website, to access virtual services and resources. Despite the temporary closure, the public can discover ebooks, movies, video games, online storytimes and much more-all from home on our website under the Books, eBooks and More tab, or via our Facebook page, Lake Wales Public Library.

"In times of crisis, libraries respond to their community's needs in innovative and inspiring ways," said Library Director Tina Peak. "Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, libraries of all types are continuing to make a difference in people's lives by providing electronic learning resources, including virtual homework help, and other resources."

Peak said the Lake Wales Public Library continues to provide door side holds pickup and Books by Mail services as well as a wide array virtual services such as the Florida Electronic Library, Flipster digital magazines, eBooks via the Libby app or via Lakeland Public Library's Hoopla app. These services provide eBooks, downloadable audio books, movies, magazines, television programs and more.

National Library Week is a time to highlight the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting their library's website, following them on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.

The original theme for National Library Week, "Find your place at the library," was chosen months ago before the emergence of a global pandemic would force libraries to close their buildings. In response to rapidly-changing times, the theme was revised to "Find the library at your place" to bring attention to how libraries are open for business online, offering the electronic services and digital content their communities need now more than ever.

For more information, visit the library's website at or call the Lake Wales Public Library, 863.678.4004, extension 0. You will talk to library workers, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Leave a message after hours and library staff will reach out to you. They will continue to serve you, so call or email, [email protected].


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