Libraries impact lives in so many wonderful ways. I am proud to be a librarian and to celebrate libraries and everything they do for our communities.
Libraries, of course, have books, newspapers. magazines, DVDs and music CDs but they also have Apps for free digital downloads in the form of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows and music. Libraries also have databases where you can find all kinds of information including scholarly and peer reviewed articles that go way beyond a Google search. Need to learn how to use a computer or how to use Microsoft Word or Excel? No problem! Your library has free computer classes, free computers to use, programs for all ages including craft and gardening programs, genealogy programs, story times for children, book discussions and more!
My library also has a huge Art Studio and Makerspace with Maker areas, an A.V. Studio, pottery wheel and an Artist- in- Residence space to support professional artists and emerging artists. There is also a dedicated area for aspiring musicians and other performers. Libraries are community hubs where everyone is welcome.
During our current shelter-in-place requirements, libraries have adapted to serve their patrons. Our library building might be closed but our library is still open! Virtual craft and gardening programs, genealogy and local history programs, book discussions and children’s program are now on Zoom.
Librarians are working from home by answering reference questions, issuing virtual library cards for patrons who want to download ebooks, and other downloadable materials or access databases for research. Librarians are also ready to help our patrons with job searches and other things they need during this uncertain time.
My library also extended its WIFI capabilities to our parking lots so that people who don’t have access to the Internet at home can come to our library parking lot and do their homework, do job searches or use their library card to access our resources.
Libraries play an important role in our communities. If you haven’t used your local library in awhile, I urge to to check out what is available online right now. Once we are able to get out into our communities, please stop by your library and see what you have been missing. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
I have a library card. Do you?