Northport K-8 School is celebrating National Library Week along with schools and public libraries across the country! This year the observance is April 13 -19. The theme this year is “Lives Change @ your library!”

National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958 by the American Library Association or ALA. The week was started as a response to concerns that Americans were spending too much time listening to radio, television and music and were reading much less. More and more, libraries are at the forefront of the community as family budgets perhaps become smaller. The library offers a world of knowledge and opportunity that is free to students, teachers and families.

This year, the Northport K-8 Media Center has accomplished many goals that include putting books that kids like to read into their hands and supporting classroom curriculum. Some of the programs that have taken place in the Northport Media Center are the Veterans Partners in Education classroom visits and group programs including “The Forgotten War,” Women’s History programming, Dr. Seuss Community Reading Day, partnerships with community organizations including Big Brothers, Big Sisters and local veterans clubs, 9/11 Tribute programming, organization of the 3rd Annual Unity Day Against Bullying Walk, two visits with Joe The Biker who gave good incite on the anti-bullying message to students, supported and offered several essay contests including six District winners for the Elks Lodge 2658 annual Americanism essay contest and also, a community fundraiser to raise enough funds to purchase American flag home kits for each graduating 8th grader to promote the schools ongoing theme of Patriotism and love of country. Former Penn State Coach, Joe Paterno once stated, “A school is only as good as its library!” after donating millions of dollars to the Penn State library and that adage holds true for Northport K-8 School. Pictured are three seventh grade girls who serve as media center assistants, from left, Britney Kanhai, Rayanna Bohori and Paola Cruz.