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Library Week activities through Friday in city

Apr 10, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

The Riverton Branch Library is celebrating National Library week April 8-14 by providing free library card replacements to all patrons during the week.

Visitors are welcome for refreshments and cookies Wednesday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Riverton has the oldest branch library in the state. The library was moved from place to place in town for many years before Mrs. Belle Mote of Riverton gave her home to the Riverton Lions Club in 1959 with the understanding that the building be used to house the Riverton Branch Library. This became "Mote Memorial Library."

The library later moved to an abandoned church building not far from the Mote house, which now houses the law offices of former Riverton Mayor John Vincent.

The current building was constructed in 1983, with the grand opening Nov. 7-13 that year.

National Library Week is a celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and a time to promote library use.

Teri Wiblemo, the library's assistant in charge of adult programming, advertising, and marketing, said the library much more than books.

"The library is a place with unlimited resources. We are the heart of the community, and we are committed to meeting everyone's needs. This is a good week to visit the library and find out what we are all about. We are always changing and never boring, "Wiblemo said.

Today's libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people, Wiblemo said, adding that libraries also provide cultural

heritage and genealogical collections, materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources, and many creative and resourceful programs.

"Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for a free activity for your child, a student looking for a quiet place to study, or just a place where you can discover a new book to curl up and read, the Riverton Branch invites citizens to come out and celebrate National Library Week," a library statement reads.

Branch Manager Gloria Brodle feels libraries provide a wide range of opportunities for people with diverse needs and interests.

"We like to provide our community with tailor-made collections and services for people of diverse backgrounds, language abilities and technological skills," Brodle said.

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

For more information, visit the Riverton Branch Library at 1330 W. Park Ave. or call 307-856-3556.

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