Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. However, these pictures are worth 5.5 million books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, government documents, microfilm, music scores (just to name a few), 19 library branches and their knowledgable and extremely dedicated library staff.
At Main, we have two giant white boards where patrons can articulate why they love their library. Here are just a few of the many wonderful quotes written by patrons that express the importance of libraries in their lives.
“It brings the world into my world.”
“Don’t take this great library for granted.”
“It’s where my friends are…books are a girl’s best friend.”
“Because it is free to the people. And it disseminates all information. It is the best service to the country there is.”
“Because it is full of books. Because it is beautiful. Because it is a place of solace, contemplation and rejuvenation. It is the heart of the community.”
“It’s an escape from grad school.”
“This, and all other libraries are a resource with eclectic books, CDs, DVDs and computers to keep all citizens ‘in the know.’ Knowledge is power and extremely vital.”
“Access to books and films I could not otherwise afford. It gives me intellectual wealth.”
“Libraries are a hallmark of every great civilization.”