The George A. Spiva Library will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 13-19. The week is a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

The Missouri Southern library will host a “Guess the Number of Books in the Library” contest. Stop by the main entrance to make your guess (one entry per person, please). The top five entries will receive prizes. Also, be sure to pick out a book from the “Blind Date” display on the main floor. The picks are from the American Library Association, Reference & User Services list of 2014 most notable book winners in fiction and non-fiction.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

The George A. Spiva Library serves Missouri Southern and the surrounding community by providing interlibrary loan services, including MOBIUS — which is a free nterlibrary service to students, faculty and staff – individual and group study rooms, LibGuides to help patrons get started on research and various unique collections including “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” graphic novels and feature films.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Amber Carr, Public Services Librarian. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”