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Dauphin County Library System kicks off National Library Week, issues connectivity survey

Dauphin County commissioners George Hartwick (right) and Mike Pries read to St. Stephen’s students at the McCormick Riverfront Library.

On Friday morning, the Dauphin County commissioners read to a group of St. Stephen’s School students at the McCormick Riverfront Library.

The literary event helped to kick off National Library Week, which runs April 3 through 9, within the Dauphin County Library System (DCLS).

“Our libraries are so important to all of us,” commission Chair Mike Pries said before opening a picture book to read to the students.

In tandem with the special week of recognition, the library system will focus on the digital services and resources that it provides, fitting with the week’s theme—“Connect with Your Library.”

Library officials are asking the public to participate in a survey about which digital services they use and what they would like to see offered. According to DCLS Executive Director Karen Cullings, this will help the library determine which future tech purchases and investments they may need to make.

“Public use of the library’s PCs is at an all-time high and use of the Wi-Fi network on personal devices and downloading of e-books and e-audiobooks is experiencing explosive growth,’’ Cullings said. “The library has been through many years of fast-paced change as it has adapted to meet the community’s need for information.”

Everyone who fills out the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card from a local business.

The library system currently offers over 120 public computers and free Wi-Fi across its eight locations.

The McCormick Riverfront Library is currently undergoing construction for an expansion project. Once that is completed, the library will offer more than 3,400-square-feet of added online resources and specialized computer tools for science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math learning support, according to officials.

Additionally, to celebrate National Library Week, MARCO, the library’s mobile “Exploration Station,” will visit the following locations:

  • April 4 – Cumberland Court Apartments, 1111 Capitol St., Harrisburg, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
  • April 5 – Downey Elementary School, 1313 Monroe St., Harrisburg, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • April 6 – Rutherford Park Townhouses, 337 Brokas Dr., Hummelstown, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • April 7 – Northern Dauphin Human Services, 295 State Dr., Elizabethville, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • April 8 – Felton Lofts, 100 S. 4th St., Steelton, 3 to 5 p.m.

They will also provide free books for readers of all ages, goodie bags and online library card sign-ups.

For more information about the services that the Dauphin County Library System offers, visit its website. 

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