Next week libraries around the country will celebrate National Library Week with the theme “Libraries Lead.” Where has the library led you? To a favorite book or author? Onto the internet? A new language? A new career path? Libraries are so much more than buildings filled with books. We are gateways to information, technology centers, places of literacy promotion, creative spaces, destinations and starting points. Most of all I hope you find our space warm, friendly, welcoming and fun!

Speaking of fun, the third annual Peeps Diorama Contest is underway and the dioramas are on display. The books represented range from Jan Brett’s “The Mitten” to Tom Brady’s “The TB12 Method” with everything in between. Voting for the Peeple’s Choice Award is through Thursday, April 12, so please stop by to vote for your favorite. Online votes will also be accepted on the Warren Library Facebook and Instagram accounts for those of you unable to stop in when we are open. That being said, we are giving you plenty of opportunities to stop by in the next week: Tuesday, April 10, we are hosting the last of the MRV Libraries series with Rob Williams on Fake News and How to Spot It. If you’ve missed the first sessions, they are available to watch or stream via MRVTV. On Thursday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. we are holding the final Vermont Humanities Council book discussion. At this last meeting we will discuss “Blanche Cleans Up” by Barbara Neely and the discussion will be facilitated by Rachael Cohen. Copies of the book are available at the Joslin and Warren libraries.

And, for the kids, our regular programming includes story time on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and after-school drop-in with Legos, crafts and snacks on Friday afternoons. And at 3 p.m. this Saturday join Youth Services librarian Amanda for a special school-age story time. Listen to Jack and Annie's adventures in “Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark” followed by fun dinosaur-themed crafts and activities which help kids visualize and extend the reading. Recommended for families with children ages 5 to 8.

If the programs won’t draw you in, perhaps our new materials will. New on the shelves: Children’s DVDs “Coco,” “Wonder” and “The Lego Ninjago Movie”; children’s middle grade book “The Wild Robot Escapes,” Peter Brown’s follow up to his wildly popular “The Wild Robot.” Adult fiction favorite Detective Inspector Lynley is back in Elizabeth George’s “The Punishment She Deserves” as is Commissario Brunetti in Donna Leon’s “The Temptation of Forgiveness.” Sci-Fi fans may be interested in “Gunpowder Moon” by David Pedreira, a thriller about an ex-Marine investigating the first lunar murder in 2072. A combination of hard science fiction and a solid suspense/mystery.

A reminder about our upcoming closure: We will be closed April 16 through 21 for floor refinishing, reopening on Monday, April 23. Anyone who has ever been around wood and a sander knows what we have in our future so please help us out and take out a lot of books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc. before April 16. The fewer books on the shelves, the less book dusting we have to do when we reopen. And, if anyone is interested in volunteering to put the library back together, please call or email me (496-3913, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

With that in mind and in honor of National Library Week and National Poetry Month, I leave you with a quote from Maya Angelou: “My encouragement to you is to go tomorrow to the library.”