WEIRTON - The Mary H. Weir Public Library concluded a week-long celebration of National Library Week on Friday and handed out some thanks for support.
Library Director Rik Rekowski said the local library, and others throughout the state, have received a great deal of support from the state Legislature. He said it was welcomed along with the celebration of National Library Week where patrons with overdue books, DVDs, or other items were able to return them without charge.
Lois Fundis, head of the library's reference department, said one of the latest programs offered to patrons is a database program listing jobs throughout the area and the educational requirements in order to obtain the position. She said the database lists thousands of professional jobs and it's all available thanks to the Legislature.
The Mary H. Weir Public Library celebrated National Library Week this week, where residents were offered a fine-free week from Monday through Friday. Pictured looking over a state program offered through the libraries to assist the public in finding work are, seated, Del. Ronnie Jones and Libary Board Chair Joe Evano, and standing Library Director Rik Rekowski and Reference Department Head Lois Fundis. -- Angelina Dickson
"The state increased the amount of dollars given to the libraries throughout the state to $5 per capita," she said. "We owe them a great deal of thanks."
Del. Ronnie Jones, D-Hancock, said the library is important to the community especially those who are in need of jobs. He said it's a place where they can come for free to look for jobs and use all the services the library has to offer.
Rekowski said the library not only has books and DVDs, but tax forms, downloadable e-books and access to the Internet, including many special databases for which the library pays to access so patrons may use them for free.
Among the databases recently added to the Mary H. Weir Public Library collection are the Foundation Center databases, with information on how to find funding for nonprofit organizations, the Gale Literary databases, which have information on books and authors and Ancestry.com and related historical and genealogical databases.
Some of these must be used in the library, but others can be accessed from home. The library has computers available for patron use, along with free wireless access, and is upgrading its Internet connection soon with fiberoptic cable.
The library also has provided programs on how to use the genealogical databases, e-books and Foundation Center materials, along with its more traditional programming such as children's story hours and literacy tutoring.
"We take pride in the services we offer to the public and hope to generate more interest for those in need of our resources," said Library Board Chair Joe Evano. "Our staff has worked hard to provide a great environment and we thank the public as well as our local and state officials for all they have done."
(Dickson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)