Dauphin County Library System Launches National Library Week, Releases Connectivity Survey

Dauphin County Commissioners George Hartwick (right) and Mike Pries read to St. Stephen students at the McCormick Riverfront Library.

On Friday morning, Dauphin County Commissioners read to a group of students from St. Stephen’s School at the McCormick Riverfront Library.

The literary event helped kick off National Library Week, which runs April 3-9, at the Dauphin County Library System (DCLS).

“Our libraries are so important to all of us,” commission chair Mike Pries said before opening a picture book for students to read.

Alongside the special recognition week, the library system will focus on the digital services and resources it provides, in line with the week’s theme: “Connect to Your Library”.

Library officials are asking the public to participate in a survey about the digital services they use and what they would like to see offered. According to DCLS executive director Karen Cullings, this will help the library determine what future technology purchases and investments it may need to make.

“Public use of library PCs is at an all-time high, and Wi-Fi usage on personal devices and downloading of e-books and e-audiobooks are experiencing explosive growth,” Cullings said. “The library has gone through many years of rapid change as it has adapted to meet the information needs of the community.”

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw to win a $25 gift card from a local business.

The library system currently offers more than 120 public computers and free Wi-Fi in its eight locations.

The McCormick Riverfront Library is currently under construction for an expansion project. When complete, the library will offer over 3,400 square feet of additional online resources and specialized computing tools to support learning in science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math, officials said.

Additionally, to celebrate National Library Week, MARCO, the library’s mobile “Exploration Station”, will visit the following locations:

  • April 4 – Cumberland Court Apartments, 1111 Capitol St., Harrisburg, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • April 5 – Downey Elementary School, 1313 Monroe St., Harrisburg, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • April 6 – Rutherford Park Townhouses, 337 Brokas Dr., Hummelstown, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • April 7 – Northern Dauphin Human Services, 295 State Dr., Elizabethville, 3-5 p.m.
  • April 8 – Felton Lofts, 100 S. 4th St., Steelton, 3-5 p.m.

They will also be providing free books to readers of all ages, goody bags and online registration for library cards.

For more information on the services offered by the Dauphin County Library System, visit his website.

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