Magician, fine waivers will celebrate RI Library Day at Jesse Smith Saturday

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BURRILLVILLE – A statewide day to celebrate how local libraries contribute to their communities will bring family fun to Jesse Smith Memorial on Saturday,  with a performance by a magician, giveaways, amnesty on late book fines and a miniature book sale.

The 5th annual Rhode Island Library Day will be held on Saturday, April 13, when libraries across the state will aim to raise awareness about all of the things the facilities do to benefit residents.

“We find it’s a great day for families to come in and celebrate,” said Library Assistant Director Lori DeCesare.

The event coincides with National Library Week, which began on Sunday, April 7 and runs through Saturday, billed as “a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.”

“It’s part of a wider event,” said DeCesare.

At Jesse Smith, the celebration will begin when the library opens at 10 a.m., with a small book sale put on by Friends of the Library, which will run through 1 p.m.

At 11 a.m., The Great Baldini, a local magician who performs at schools, libraries and parties across the state, will put on a family-friendly show in the community room.

Known as “The Bald One,” the magician uses humor along with illusion in his performance.

“He’s very popular,” said DeCesare. “Magic is something that transcends ages Everybody loves magic.”

Jesse Smith will also hand out giveaways throughout the day from the circulation desk, and offer fine amnesty, where library patrons can return any overdue item with no fee. The one-day pass applies to overdue books only, and cannot be used for items that have been lost or billed.

It’s all part of a larger celebration that will bring guest authors, concerts, movie marathons and craft-making days to facilities across Rhode Island, highlighting the way local libraries add life to the community all year round.

DeCesare notes that this year’s theme, “Libraries = Strong Communities,” perfectly fits Jesse Smith’s self-given role as the “Cornerstone of the Community.”

“It ties right in with our logo,” she said.

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