Libraries are ‘alive’ and open to everyone

Libraries are more relevant than ever, particularly in services provided to children, so says a recent survey by the Pew Research Center.

We couldn’t agree more.

Some may have questioned the relevance of libraries in an ever-increasingly digital age. Funding for libraries has also been in the news, with many public libraries facing shrinking funds forcing them to trim hours or services. But through it all, the use of libraries remains steady with more than 60 percent of the people surveyed saying they had some sort of interaction with libraries in the last 12 months. More than 90 percent of those surveyed said libraries are important to communities.

Libraries provide a unique public service. They keep people connected, engaged and informed. And every day you can find inside this newspaper details of library programs that do just that – whether it’s a children’s reading program or help with genealogy projects.

Libraries are ‘alive’ with information, programs and technology allowing you to ‘visit’ them either in person or via the web.

Another report, the 2011 State of America’s Libraries report, shows that most people feel libraries are important because they make information and resources available to everyone, often at no cost. That goes for books, computers and more.

In Washington County, the main branch of the Washington County Public Library is in Marietta but branches are also located in Belpre, Barlow, Beverly or New Matamoras. When was the last time you visited your local library?