Letter: Libraries more than repositories for books

To the editor:

This week the Jasper Public Library and the Dubois County Contractual Public Library join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and re-engage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering books, e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for all ages, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

Service to the community has always been the focus of the library and while this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.

The Jasper Public Library and the Dubois County Contractual Public Library are celebrating National Library Week with a variety of programs and events at each library all week.

Visit your library this week and sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries and attend a program.

For more information, check out the Library’s Calendar of Events on the website at www.jdcpl.lib.in.us.

—Rita Douthitt, director
Jasper Dubois County Contractual Public Library

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