Monday, January 06, 2014

Libraries Change Lives

The Pew Research Center released a report December 11 titled "How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities."  The Summary of Findings states, "Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life.  Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries, and value a range of library resources and services."

Jamerrius Roseman
Wylam Library has first hand knowledge of a young man whose life has been changed because he visited the library. For the past year, Jamerrius Roseman has come to the library regularly so he could use the public PCs to search for a job. The library staff got to know him and introduced him to the JOB Corps website.

A month ago, Jamerrius stopped coming to the library. The staff were concerned, but didn't have a way to get in touch with him. They were happily surprised last week when Jamerrius walked in announcing he had joined the JOB Corps and was assigned to the training center in Muhlenberg, Kentucky. He is being trained as a heavy equipment operator.

Your public library is much more than books, dvds, other media and even pcs. Your public library is a place where you can find your dream and make it come true.

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