April 13th, 2015
It’s National Library Week – a time to celebrate your local library. Did you know that there are 123,000 public libraries in the United States? Have you ever wondered, what do Americans really think about public libraries?
A recent study by the Pew Research Center* found that 94% of Americans believe public libraries improve the quality of life in a community. 81% say libraries provide valuable services that people would struggle to find elsewhere. An economic impact study by the Free Library of Philadelphia revealed that in Philadelphia, homes within ¼ mile of a Library are worth, on average, $9,630 more than homes more than ¼ mile from a Library.
The Pew study also found that 95% of Americans believe library materials and resources play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed. These opinions match directly with Cecil County Public Library’s mission, which is to provide opportunity for all for individual and community success. How do we implement our mission? By knowing our community needs to make critical differences in education, workforce, and economic development.
Your award-winning library has been recognized at the local and state level, and recently by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for the second year as a National Medal finalist.
The Pew study’s national focus is reflected at our local level. Did you know that over 62,000 people use Cecil County Public Library cards? In a county of Cecil County’s size – approximately 100,000 – that’s impressive!
We encourage our many cardholders to find a friend who isn’t a library user and introduce them to our services, our staff and the fastest free broadband connections in the county. Why not visit a new branch, test out a new digital service or try a different genre of reading? Get your child or grandchild a library card and open the door to imagination, exploration and the pathway to success. Always dreamed of starting your own business? Contact our Small Business Information Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course, you don’t have to be a cardholder. Our libraries are always open to all. Have a question? Ask our professional and courteous librarians. Meet a friend and have coffee in one of our cafes, attend a storytime with your child or a program on starting a business. Connect to the library’s wifi.
Whether you are a cardholder or not, we hope you’ll join the celebration of National Library Week.
How will you celebrate your library?
*Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.