Library News column: Libraries strengthen communities |

Library News column: Libraries strengthen communities

Amy Shipley

I was one of those lucky kids whose parent worked in a library, which meant hours spent in the children’s section browsing for something new to read.

I always had several “personal librarians” who were willing to recommend a new title for me. Even earlier than that I remember sitting on my dad’s lap while he read “Emily’s Moo” by Tibor Gergely over and over and over.

Soon, libraries across the country will celebrate National Library Week (April 7-13) and how libraries impact individuals’ lives and create strong communities.

Garfield County Libraries helps boost our local economy by providing access to computers for those seeking employment. Often, job seekers require help in navigating the application process, and our staff is happy to provide that help. We also offer one-on-one career assistance and small business workshops at select locations through partnerships with other organizations in our communities.

Libraries also enrich our communities by providing educational resources to everyone. Our customers have access to tons of information through our online databases.

Students can do research for school projects, weekend wrenchers can get information on how to repair their vehicles, career seekers can prepare for school entrance exams and occupational exams, just to name a few.

Additionally, people of all ages can learn something new at one of our local events or through our collections. There are books available on just about any topic you can think of. Come try something new or check out what you’ve been missing from your library.

Join us in celebrating National Library Week by visiting your local library, using the resources that are available, and by letting us know how we can continue to strengthen our communities. We value your ideas, and we want to hear what your needs are and what you enjoy.

Also consider attending an upcoming “Coffee with the Library Director” event to continue the conversation.

And, please, on your next visit share your favorite library memory with our staff. We’d love to hear your story.

Amy Shipley is assistant director of the Garfield County Libraries.

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