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National Library Week: Create Your Own Story

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2011

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

The Franklin University Nationwide Library will celebrate this year’s National Library Week by offering an exciting array of special events, all focused on the theme of “Creating Your Own Story.”  Events will focus on the many ways libraries have helped patrons create local businesses, spur new literature, and even improve presentation skills. 

The American Library Association’s (ALA) annual celebration of America’s libraries and librarians will be celebrated April 10-15.  First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the ALA and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

At a time when library usage is at an all-time high, libraries are helping their communities thrive in these tough economic times through programs tailored to meet local community economic needs, resources needed to help with resume writing and interviewing, job-search resources, and connections with outside agencies that offer training and job placement.

The Franklin library will celebrate National Library Week with the following events:

Finding the Unique Flavor of Your Story
Featuring Jeni Britton Bauer, founder, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Monday, April 11 – Phillips Hall, Room 220 – 4:30-6 pm
Artisan ice cream maker Jeni Britton Bauer has grown her original North Market ice cream shop into a sensation, with seven Central Ohio locations and pints for sale in grocery stores across the country. But long before the first scoop, it all started with a good idea and careful business planning. You’re invited to join Jeni for a discussion about her passion for libraries, discovering your personal flavor and style, and the art of finding out what you need to know to turn your dreams into reality.

Spicing Up Your Story – Part 1
Tuesday, April 12 – Phillips Hall, Room 121 – 4:30-5:30 pm
Tired of the same old presentation options? PechaKucha, which means “chitchat” in Japanese, is a format in which the presenter is limited to 20 slides and only 20 seconds to speak about each one – there’s no stopping, slowing down, or going back. You’re invited to come learn about ways to work toward your education and career goals from Franklin University faculty and staff members who will give this popular presentation style a try.

Shopping for the Right Ingredients to Tell Your Story
Featuring seven-time published author Jonathan Knight
Wednesday, April 13 – Phillips Hall, Room 121 – 4:30-5:30 pm 
When researching, just as when cooking, knowing what you want to make is just the beginning. In order to create a good final product, you need the right ingredients. When you’re cooking, that means a trip to the market. When researching, it means the library. Seven-time published author Jonathan Knight will talk about how libraries shaped his career direction, helping him develop into a reader and then into a writer. He’ll explain the vital role libraries have played in researching each of his books and how the library is one of society's greatest gifts and most valuable resources.

Spicing Up Your Story – Part 2
Thursday, April 14 – Phillips Hall, Room 121-
4:30-5:30 pm 
Part Two of the PechaKucha presentations.  Join us and learn how to give this popular presentation style a try.

Children’s Book Donations
Attendees of the National Library Week events are invited to bring along children’s books to donate to the Reach Out and Read Program of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Good quality children’s books are the heart of this program which accepts books up to a fourth-grade reading level, but is not able to use romance novels, books that carry any type of religious or political message, or books published before 1990.

Find ways to use the library to “Create Your Own Story” by attending the National Library Week events at the Franklin University library April 11-14.  For questions about any of these events or to learn more about what the Franklin library has to offer, visit the library website, email, or call 1.866.341.6252. 

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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