The library is a place where stories begin, so Fort Rucker Center Library staff encourage Soldiers and Families to follow the theme of National Library Week, "Create your own story @ your library."

Creating your own story could mean applying for a library card, learning new computer skills, planning a trip using library references, learning to read or listening to new music, said Alfred R. Edwards II, library manager.

"It's important to visit the library, because all of these services and more are available for free," Edwards added. "Everyone is welcome to come in. We can teach them how to use all of our services."

The center library is celebrating National Library Week by presenting give-a-ways and contests along with reminding all patrons to utilize the library's services, according to Edwards.

National Library Week is observed nationally and sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.

The library offers a multitude of services - language training being one of them, said Edwards. Language training is available at Army Knowledge Online and Rosetta Stone. DVDs, play-a-ways and audio books are also available.

The library keeps up with new music along with the Billboard Top 10 each week.

"We have a great selection of audio books," said Edwards. "We just started having 'play-a-ways.' They are the size of a deck of cards and can be put in your pocket. You just slip in your ear buds and head out for a run, walk or to work and listen to a book."

The library also offers sections for young adults and children. The young adult section was recently updated with new furniture and decorations. The children's section is packed with books and two computers. The library also offers children's programs each month and story time each week, said Edwards.

"I like to read, especially the DC superhero books and Star Wars books. I also like to play on the computer," said Grayson Inman, age 7, son of Capt. Graham and Patricia Inman.

Several thousand books, audio books and references are available to the average 300-400 patrons who visit the library daily, said Edwards. Other services available are faxing, copying, copying to email, movies, music and programming.

"The library and the services it offers can broaden your mind and your horizons," said Edwards. "If you're in a rut and you're going home, cooking, cleaning house, mowing the lawn and going to bed, you don't grow. The library is a place you can come and really grow."

The center library is open to everyone in the Army community: Soldiers, Families, Department of Army Civilians, contractors and retirees. Library hours are Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 12-5 p.m.

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