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April 12, 2012

Celebrate National Library Week

Libraries across the country are celebrating National Library Week this week. Did you know there are more than 15,000 public libraries in the United States?

Libraries are booming no matter where you go. Books, computers, programs, local history materials, e-books, audio materials, online job search sites, movies and more are just a few of the things you'll find at your local library. Since the economic downturn, libraries have reported dramatic increases in usage in all areas.

When I was a child, people were saying that libraries would go out of existence by the 21st century and some are still saying that today even though we are well into the century.

But just as other technologies and businesses advance and we take advantage of their offerings, so it goes with public libraries. We now have washing machines to do our clothes, adding machines to calculate for us, electricity instead of candles, and none of us want to go back to the old-fashioned ways. Progress is good, and it's good in libraries, too. Usage figures reflect that.

Your library card is a powerful tool and you don't have to use it just at the library.

From your home or cellphone, it allows you to check your account, place reserves, check out e-books and audio books, and even use the research databases to look up information and do homework. All this for free, with one card _ it's literally worth millions.

If you were to add up the total cost of all the materials and services you use at the local library, you'd be surprised at the hundreds and even thousands of dollars it totals.

As we celebrate this week, stop at the library to see our display of photos which highlight different time periods throughout the history of the library. You'll quickly see how things have changed, and all for the good.

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