National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. This year’s theme, Libraries = Strong Communities, illustrates how today’s libraries are at the heart of our cities, towns, schools and campuses, providing critical resources, programs and expertise. They also provide a public space where all community members, regardless of age, culture or income level, can come together to connect and learn.

What’s happening in Ptown?

FINES AMNESTY from April 7th through April 14th: If you happen to owe fines come to the Library to check something out during National Library Week and overdue your fines (not replacement costs for lost items) will be waived.

When you come to the Library during National Library Week make sure to visit our “question board” that will set up in the foyer. All week the Library will be posing different questions to the community about the library. Ranging from, “If the library was a color what color would it be?” to “How does the library help make the community stronger?” Share your thoughts, hopes, and dreams for the library and the community.


Wednesday, April 10: Writer’s Voice Café 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In celebration of National Library Week and Poetry Month, the April Writer’s Voice Cafe will feature and be hosted by poet Neil Silberblatt, author of Past Imperfect, New and Selected Poems. Invited guests to read their work include Tamora Israel, Gloria Monaghan, Sophia Starmack, Judith Newcomb Stiles, Kate Wallace Rogers as well as others. Open Mic begins the evening. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served. Everyone is welcome! Free will donation. Wheelchair accessible.

Thursday, April 11: The Softer Side of Celtic: Music and Stories with Jeff Snow 6:00 pm
In celebration of National Library Week, join us for an evening of Celtic music and togetherness on Thursday, April 11 at 6pm in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room with musician Jeff Snow. There will be singing, laughing, clapping and perhaps a bit of foot stomping. The concert will last approximately 90 minutes and will include music on the guitar, bouzouki, and autoharp. Interaction is welcome; questions and input from the audience are encouraged and these questions become part of the event. Jeff Snow is a talented multi-instrumentalist who shares the music, and the stories behind the music, of Scotland, Ireland and England. Growing up in a home where old Scottish folk songs were the everyday sounds, Jeff developed an early love for Celtic music.

Friday, April 12: Crafty Coffee Hours 10am-12pm
Celebrate National Library Week with free coffee from the Wired Puppy and book crafts! A number of crafts related to books will be featured from making an origami whale to paper flowers to making a small book from reused library materials. Join us for this fun, low-tech, low- pressure crafty time. People are also encouraged to bring any project they are currently working on.

Saturday, April 13: Susan Eisenberg Poetry Reading 2:00 pm
On Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 pm in the Library’s Marc Jacobs Reading Room, poet Susan Eisenberg will read from Stanley’s Girl, her fifth poetry collection—mixing in a bit of oral history from We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction (nonfiction, NYT Notable Book) and some digital media from her online exhibition, On Equal Terms (https:// The fiercely lyrical poetry of Stanley’s Girl is rooted in Susan Eisenberg’s experience as one of the first women to enter the construction industry and from her decades gathering accounts of others to give scaffolding to that history. A poet, visual artist, and oral historian Eisenberg works within and across genres, playing with scale and juxtaposition to investigate issues of power and social policy. Her work has been awarded special project grants from Mass Humanities, the New England Poetry Club’s Daniel Varoujan award, and three residencies at Hedgebrook.

Sunday, April 14: Coexisting with the Eastern Coyote and Keeping Pets Safe 2:00 pm
Join the Eastham Dog Owners’ Association, Eastern Coyote Research, Friends of Cape Wildlife, and Project Coyote for a short film – “American Coyote” – and a discussion on the Eastern Coyote and Keeping Pets Safe in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room. Audience members will gain an awareness of the adaptability of the Eastern Coyote and have a better understanding of their behavior. Information will be provided on keeping pets safe and successfully coexisting with the eastern coyote.

Happy library week, everyone!