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There will be no “shushing” visitors this week.

The Naval Air Facility Atsugi library is throwing open its doors for a series of contests and celebrations in honor of National Library Week.

The American Library Association created the observance in 1958. It runs April 2-8.

Atsugi combined the observance with two competitions and is holding an open house.

“We’re not your typical library,” said Diwata S. Salomon, library programs coordinator. “It will be a fun place in here.”

They’ve got iPods, stereos and Navy Exchange gift cards to give away. The events are to start Monday with the youth “Jeopardy” contests. Team winners get a $300 NEX gift card and individuals receive $200 gift cards. Second- and third-place winners earn the big bucks, too.

Winners also get trophies and prizes and refreshments and snacks will be served.

On Thursday, winners of the monthly spelling bees compete for supremacy and a $200 gift card. All participants in the Grand Championship Spelling Bee in the elementary and high school categories will receive a $50 gift card.

At an open house Friday, the library will raffle off an iPod, stereo and other big prizes. Winners of a competition to create pictures with the theme “Change Your World at the Library” also will be announced.

Many base libraries in the region also will celebrate that theme this library week with games, prizes and promotions.

At Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, the celebration will be delayed slightly and held on April 19.

Library Week reminds people about what’s available at many libraries: books, magazines and newspapers but also free Internet access, video and DVD rentals, electronic books and story times for children, staffers said.

It also highlights some of the programs libraries regularly offer, such as Atsugi’s spelling bees and Iwakuni’s “Leading to Reading” program, in which the library sends a monthly postcard to parents of kids 5 and younger with ideas for developmental activities and reading suggestions.

Here’s a few of the events planned:

JapanMisawa Air Base: The base Overstreet Memorial Library will post displays showing ways to improve your world — including self-improvement, fitness and health, professional development and more. Call DSN 226-4083 for information.

Yokota Air Base: The library will present a display entitled “Freedom to Read” discussing the issues of banned books and censorship. Call DSN 225-8893 for information.

Yokosuka Naval Base: The first 20 people to check out a book during National Library Week receive a “Change Your World at Your Library” change purse.

Naval Air Facility Atsugi: The library is combining Library Week with two competitions — the spelling bee finals and Teen Jeopardy. On Monday, the team and individual Jeopardy contests will begin at 4 p.m. On Thursday, winners of monthly spelling bees will compete in a Grand Championship Spelling Bee at 3:30 p.m. On Friday, the library will hold an open house with prize giveaways and refreshments from 3 to 5 p.m. The winners of several drawing and coloring contests will also be announced and entries will be on display. Call 264-3776 for information.

Camp Zama: No events planned. The library can be reached at DSN 263-3517.

Sasebo Naval Base: No events planned. The library can be reached at DSN 252-3593.

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni: The celebration will be held April 19. The library will have cupcakes, special mystery prizes and more. Call DSN 253-3078 for information.

GuamAndersen Air Force Base: Stop by the library beginning on Monday and submit a bookmark design. Staff members will collect bookmark designs to display in the library. Call DSN 366-4291 for information.


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