National Library Week has been exciting and enticing the bookworm in all of us for more than half a century.

Celebrated from April 14 to the 20, National Library Week was first celebrated in 1958 as a way to thank the numerous librarians and other library workers throughout communities and campuses nationwide.

The Destin Library will be celebrating with a variety of events throughout the week.

Tuesday, April 16, was also National Library Workers Day as well as day three of National Library Week. Jurate Burns, director of the Destin Library told The Log on Monday night that there would be a surprise flash mob Tuesday afternoon at the library as part of the day's festivities.

Another exciting event going on during National Library Week is the bookmark contest. The theme being "communities matter at your library," children ages 17-and-under are invited to submit a bookmark to the Destin Library. The deadline is today.

Official bookmark forms can be obtained by visiting or visiting the Destin Library at 150 Sibert Avenue. You must use the official form to be qualified to enter the bookmark contest; no bookmarks on other paper will be accepted.

Winners will be announced on April 24.

Featuring The Log's own Dill Beaty during National Library Week, 24 of Beaty's political cartoons will be on display during the week at the Destin Library." Beaty has dubbed his display, "a year in Destin through the eyes of a Cartoonist." At 6 p.m. Thursday night Beaty will be on hand at the Destin Library for a meet and greet, where he'll answer questions about his life and time as a cartoonist.

Finally, waiving overdue book fees for the week for patrons who bring in nonperishable food items, Burns told The Log, the library will be offering a program they are calling "Food for Fines."

"Bring in canned goods or any other nonperishable food items, and you can wipe out your library debt," said Burns. "This applies only to overdue book fees, not lost or damaged book costs," said Burns.

As always, the programs at the Destin Library are free to the public, but are first-come, first-serve.

For more information on National Library Week or the Destin Library visit or call 850-837-8572.