Local libraries will be sending out a message next week: Libraries are important.
Next week is National Library Week, and the Lawrence Public Library and the Haskell Indian Junior College Library will celebrate it with events that stress the importance of libraries.
From Sunday through Saturday, both libraries will be handing out free bookmarks. Haskell art students designed the ones to be handed out at the campus library. Each incorporates a Native American quotation.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 657 have designed several posters stressing the importance of libraries that will be displayed at the public library, 707 Vt.
The public library also is participating in a national Write for America's Libraries campaign. Library users are asked to write about how any library or librarian changed their lives. The statements will be displayed and then sent on to the American Library Assn. and other state and national officials in an attempt to maintain and improve America's libraries.
Flossie Mathews, director of Haskell's academic advising center, has scheduled several speakers for the week.
On Monday, Geri Gutwein, a Native American poet and non-fiction writer, will read some of her original works beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Haskell's Academic Support Center.
Luci Tapahonso, a Kansas University associate professor and Navajo poet, will read her works from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the academic support center.
At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Joyce Haines, a Haskell faculty member, and her reading development class, will read "Chief Seattle's Letter" in the academic support center.
Haskell students will read their own works at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the academic support center.
On Thursday, several Haskell faculty and staff members will read from the bestseller "Griffin & Sabine" at 3 p.m. in the academic support center.
Rex Buchanan, a KU professor of geology, will read from his work, "Roadside Kansas, A Traveler's Guide to Its Geology and Landmarks" at 7 p.m. Thursday. A reception will precede the reading.
All of the events are free and open to the public.