From April 11 to 17, schools, campuses and communities across the country will celebrate National Library Week, a time to remind the public about the contribution libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities every day.
In today's tough economy, a library card is one of the best bargains around. Libraries offer resources to help people find jobs and learn new skills. People of all ages and backgrounds find entertainment, develop skills and come to find their place in the community. People gather for book discussions, art exhibits, and story times with their children. Our library helps the community thrive.
What makes the library unique is access to trained professionals -- librarians -- to help people find and interpret the information they need to make a difference in their lives. Our libraries also help keep us connected, providing a space for people of all ages, classes and races to come together, while keeping us connected to events and people around the world.
How can the library help you thrive? National Library Week is the perfect time to find out. Communities thrive at your library.
BETTY MARTIN, Director, Cape Girardeau Public Library