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Library Week speakers named

Staff reports

The Huntington City-Township Public Library announced the event line-up in celebration of National Library Week.

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening their communities. This year the week-long celebration starts April 8, and the Huntington Library has multiple guest speakers and a local author coming to give talks and book signings.

Curt Witcher, Senior Manager for Special Collections and manager of The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, will speak Monday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Indiana Room. Titled “Doing the History Eliminates the Mystery,” this talk will cover the value of local history research in supplementing one’s genealogy research.

The library will be joined by Eric Olson, TV personality and host of 21Country on WPTA21 Fort Wayne, on Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. Olson will give an impassioned talk on the importance of libraries in today’s communities, and the role they’ve played in his life.

Local author, illustrator, and Huntington University professor Bryan Ballinger will host an author talk and book signing Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m. Titled “Animal Gas: How a Scratch and Sniff Picture Book Was Made,” Ballinger will discuss what writing and illustrating a book is like, and host a small craft for children. He will be available to sign books at the end of the talk, as well. Books will be available for purchase.

All of these events take place at the Huntington Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington.