Los Fresnos News

National Library Week in Los Fresnos

Iris Garcia
Special to LFN

The City Council of the City of Los Fresnos proclaimed National Library Week, April 7-13, 2024— joining cities across the country in celebrating libraries. National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

The City of Los Fresnos encouraged all residents to visit the Ethel L. Whipple Memorial Library and provided a few ways to participate and make the most of Library Week.

Dive into a Book: Explore the vast collection of books at Ethel L. Whipple Memorial Library. Whether you’re into fiction, non-fiction, mystery, or romance, there’s something for everyone!
Share Your Love for Reading: Spread the joy of reading by sharing your favorite books with friends and family. Let’s ignite a passion for reading within our community!

Support Your Local Library: Show your support for Ethel L. Whipple Memorial Library by becoming a member, donating books, or simply spreading the word about the wonderful resources and services we offer.

To kick off the week, on Monday, August 8th, the library hosted a Total Eclipse Viewing Party. They invited the community to bring their lawn chairs or blankets to witness the historic event together on the front lawn of the library. Although the weather didn’t permit for the eclipse to be visible during the entire duration, it was beautiful to see people of every generation sharing and experiencing the moment together. The library was very grateful for the amazing support and response from the community. Over 200 eclipses glasses were distributed during the event, and about 400 glasses were given out in total— outstanding turnout.

During the event, children had the opportunity to make an eclipse craft where they learned hands-on how the Earth, moon and sun aligned perfectly to cause the total eclipse. In addition to the children’s activity, a live feed of the eclipse was shown on a monitor, and buttery popcorn and water were provided— because a party is not a party without snacks.

To continue the festivities, the library plans to give free coffee and sweet bread on Thursday, April 11th to show their appreciation to the community they serve. Moreover, aside from books, the library aims to continue to provide resources, services, create opportunities, and foster community within the city of Los Fresnos and beyond.

Mayor Alejandro Flores shared, “I want to take a moment to extend a heartfelt thank you to the dedicated individuals who work tirelessly at our local Ethel Whipple Memorial Library. Our library staff plays a crucial role in fostering a love for learning, providing resources for education, and creating a welcoming space for our community members. Their commitment to enriching the lives of our residents through literature, technology, and community programs does not go unnoticed. Let us recognize and appreciate the Ethel Whipple Library staff for their invaluable contributions to the cultural fabric of Los Fresnos. Thank you for everything you do to make our library a beacon of knowledge and a hub of community engagement.”
In closing, remember any week is the perfect time to visit our beautiful local library. Ready, Set, Library!