Local library has national library week activities

Huntington City-Township Public Library invites the community to celebrate National Library Week with events for all ages to be held at both the Huntington and Markle library locations during the week of April 14.

Those events include:

• Monday, April 15 - A children's book stacking contest will be held at the Main Library from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to participate. The event will be held in the children's department. Each participant will receive a small prize, and there will be a special prize for the tallest stack. This activity is free and no registration is required.

• Mondays through Fridays, until April 30 - Young Adults in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the library's Extreme Book Stacking Contest at the Main Library.  During the month of April, teens are invited to stop by Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., or between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Fridays to find out how high they can pile a tower of books.  Measurements will be taken of each competitor's stack of books.  All participants will receive small prizes for all participants, and a special prize will be awarded for the tallest tower of all.

• April 15 through April 20 - The Markle branch will hold a K-12 book-stacking contest, which will be divided into two separate divisions. There will be an elementary division for grades K-5 and a senior division for grades 6-12, with prizes to be awarded for the highest stack of books achieved in each age group.  Competitors may stop by the Markle Branch Library, located at 197 E. Morse St., Markle, during regular library hours, Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., or Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon.

• Wednesday, April 17 - "Get Digital @ Your Library." Both library locations will host a gadget troubles and digital wonderings workshop.

Visitors can talk to the technology experts from the library's staff at the Main Library from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or at the Markle Branch from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The library's new Digital Branch will be open and help will be offered with all kinds of technology - from Windows 8 to iPads, Facebook to web browsing, from scanning a photo to setting up a smartphone, from Tweeting to finding auto repair information on the library's Chilton's database and much more.

The program is free and no registration is required to participate. Bring any gadget, device or technology-centered questions.

For more information about "Get Digital @ Your Library," call the Reference Department at the Main Library at 356-0824 or email the library at ask@huntingtonpub.lib.in.us.

• April 19 and 20 - Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale. The Friends of the Library will offer a two-day Spring Book Sale at the Huntington Main Library. The sale will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 19 and continue until 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, April 20 the sale will open at 11 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Cookbooks, travel books, gardening, hobby, craft, and other DIY project titles, a large selection of mass-market and trade paperback fiction and a special collection of must-see, rare and unusual needlework patterns, including patterns for crochet and needlepoint projects and much more will be available at the sale.

• Ongoing through May 22 - The annual Bookmark Designing Contest for kids and teens will be held at both library locations. Children in grades 1 through 12 are invited to submit their designs.  Designs should reflect this year's overall Summer Reading Club theme, "Dig Into Reading!"  All entries must be submitted to the library by May 22.  Entries may be turned in at either the Main Library or the Markle Branch.  Winning designs will be printed and given away during Summer Reading Club 2013, and winners will receive a small prize plus 30 copies of their winning design to give away themselves.