Libraries are Relevant

Libraries are Relevant

Libraries are as relevant today as ever. As Laura Bush said, “I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card”.

In a study called “How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities”, the Pew Research Center found that Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life.

Do We Still Need Libraries

Do We Still Need Libraries

Franklin Delano Roosevelt said “Libraries are … essential to the functioning of a democratic society … libraries are the great symbols of the freedom of the mind”.  In a time of great change, when the relevance of libraries is under fire, his words still ring true. We need to remember that the support of a free, democratic society is perhaps the primary purpose of a public library. 

The Value of Libraries

The Value of Libraries

Libraries are very different today than they were when I was growing up or getting my education. I have entered my seventh decade and there is little to remind me of the libraries I used long ago.  Libraries are different, but they have changed to meet the needs of the public. Libraries today are transforming communities.