Monday, April 16, 2007

National Library Week, April 15-21, 2007

April 15-21 is National Library Week, a time when libraries of all types and the people who use them come together to celebrate the contributions of all libraries, librarians and library workers in our nation’s schools, campuses and communities. .

The facts speak for themselves: library use is up nationwide. More than 2 billion items were checked out last year, and librarians serve nearly 1.8 billion visitors annually. At libraries in our area you will find a busy schedule of classes and children’s programs. Take a look about our online library newsletter for some statistics about the libraries in this three county area.

Rather than threatening our libraries, the age of technology has only complemented library services and expanded the library’s reach. This is because libraries are about more than information and data sharing.

Libraries are about community. They provide us with a physical gathering place, a crossroads for people of all ages with trained information professionals - librarians and library workers who are eager to help you find the information you need.

For many who don't have computers at home, public libraries make computers available for internet searching and other tasks that must be accomplished on line. Things such as choosing a Medicare drug plan are done online.

Libraries and librarians are more relevant than ever, providing a 24/7 information delivery service. And, of course, admission is free.