Destin to celebrate fun-filled National Library Week

Annie Blanks
The Destin Log
Will Rogers runs a Story Hour with parents and their children at the Destin Library. [FILE PHOTO/THE LOG]

Every day is library day at the Destin Library, but April 9-15 happens to be a very special week.

National Library Week is being celebrated across the country, and the Destin Library is holding several special events to commemorate the occasion and remind people about the resources and fun available there.

From noon to 1 p.m. April 11, local jazz musician Cheryl Jones will perform a free concert beneath the magnolia trees on the library’s lawn. The next day, 9:30 a.m. April 12, the library is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Both events are free, but phone-in reservations are required for the Easter Egg Hunt. Those wishing to participate can call the library at 837-8572.

“I’m always excited for National Library Week, cause it’s springtime and it’s a fun event,” said Destin Library Director Jurate Burns.

Burns added that it can be a good week to remind people of the wealth of resources available to them at the library, whether it’s books, computers or a friendly staff.

“I think that people look on us as a resource,” Burns said. “We’re not the only game in town, but we do have knowledgeable librarians that can help people find better information (than they might find on the internet).”

Will Rogers, reference and youth services librarian, said he looks forward to National Library Week as well.

“It’s a time for the community to reflect on the value of its public library,” he said. “Not only the space and the books, but everything else that goes on here. We are here to serve the public.”

In addition to the special National Library Week events, the Destin Library will continue its normal daily and seasonal events, including Easter egg crafts Friday and Saturday morning and story time with Sophie the Therapy Dog on Saturday morning. 

“Our library does an amazing job providing events and programs for our community year round – especially during National Library Week," said Doug Rainer, city of Destin public information manager. "We hope everyone has an opportunity to take part in one of the programs next week. And, there is a free jazz concert on Tuesday at noon!”