Community Impact

Why Your Library is the Most Important Place in Town

 The following is an excerpt from an article by Julie Biando Edwards, Melissa S. Rauseo, & Kelley Rae Unger on April 30, 2013. The full article can be read here. Libraries as:

1. Community Builders

    • Revitalize neighborhoods
    • Important partners in sustainability
    • Preserve artifacts, docs, oral histories
    • People come to know themselves and their community
    • Catalyst for addressing social problems
    • Champion democratic values
    • Culturally relevant structures
    • Important business resources, small local businesses

2. Community Centers for Diverse Populations

  • Immigrants with information, connections
  • LGBT
  • Disability resources

3. Libraries as Centers for the Arts

  • Nonmainstream points of view, voice e to local artists
  • Opps for free classes that e3ncourage art and culture appreciations and participation
  • Access to art for all

4. Libraries as Universities

  • People’s university, lifelong learning
  • Remote access for all
  • Content to enable customers to create their own content
  • Civil discourse

5. Champions of Youth

  • Early literacy
  • Important life skills for teens
  • Tutoring, homework help, etc.
  • Early childhood development and family engagement
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