Public invited to National Library Week events at Sims Memorial Library

Thursday, April 6, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library is inviting the public to special events during National Library Week, April 9 – 14.
     “National Library Week is a time to highlight the changing role of libraries both on and off campus. Libraries provide something unique to their communities, namely the expertise of individual librarians,” said Sims Outreach Librarian Angie Balius. “Librarians help people use increasingly complex technology and sort through the overwhelming mass of information bombarding us in today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.”
     Balius said the library will celebrate National Library Week with three of its most popular events of the year: the annual book sale, “Readings at Sims,” and “Overdue Book Amnesty Days.”
     The library’s annual book sale will be held in the library lobby April 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A wide variety of hardcover and paperback books, videos, CDs and record albums will be available. Hard cover books and DVDs are $2, paperback books are $1-2, and CDs are $1. Transactions are cash only.
     On Tuesday, April 11, the library will celebrate “Readings at Sims Library” on the third floor of Sims Library. Participants will hear selections from original works by many talented writers in the community. Readings are led by librarian and local author Dayne Sherman and begin at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
     “Overdue Book Amnesty Days,” when library users can bring back overdue books without having to pay fines, are Sunday, April 9 through Thursday, April 13.
     “Be aware that amnesty does not apply to all library fines and fees,” Ballius said. “It applies only to books from the circulating stacks and does not include any of the following: outstanding fines, such as unpaid overdue fines from books returned in the past, lost book replacement fees, damaged books, reserve books, or equipment, such as laptops or audio recorders.”
     For additional information about National Library Week, contact the library at 985-549-2027 or visit

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