Libraries provide Value Beyond Words. Here’s how:
Businesses locate in communities with libraries. They value libraries as an essential quality-of-life amenity for their employees and families. Libraries support economic development by providing resources for people to start a business, upgrade skills, or learn about career options.
Libraries encourage literacy for people of all ages, help newcomers who have English as a second language, and connect people to each other and the world. Free internet access is a critical educational support for families and people living with poverty.
Libraries help reduce waste and over-consumption by lending books, movies, materials and resources time and time again. This is the ‘original’ recycling program! Library circulation gets the longest life out of each material by enabling as many people to use it as possible.
Libraries bring people together, which is a significant factor in mental wellbeing. For example, moms and toddlers can enjoy story time, providing socialization and literacy support. Isolated seniors can play cards; teens can make friends during game night. The library is a safe, enjoyable community hub that supports mental health through social connection.
Libraries can also provide peer-reviewed, evidence-based resources on health matters, making access to reliable information easy for everyone.
Librarians are available to help people find resources that are evidence-based, credible and reliable. In times of misinformation, falsehoods and conjecture, Libraries can be a force for objectivity and truth.
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