Public libraries are widely used within their communities. If you haven't been in one lately, you might be surprised at what you'll find: computers, print services, WiFi, meeting rooms, group study rooms and a wide variety of materials for checkout. You may also come across one or more programs being held in the library, including storytimes, book club discussions, author talks, resume workshops, and ESL conversation classes.
Libraries have become much more than books and physical materials to check out. They are now tutoring centers, cooling centers during extreme heat, a refuge during times with heavy wildfire smoke, sites that partner with the state to offer Lunch in the Library, job preparation centers, and gardening club meeting spots. They connect people in the community with resources that are vital to their well-being.
Libraries offer opportunities for lifelong learning, starting with storytimes for the youngest members of our community. School-age children can expand on their reading and report-writing skills as they discover the multitude of books available to them at the local library. Teens can gather to work on projects or meet with others for programs or to join the library's Teen Advisory Group. Adults can get assistance with job searches, resume writing and choosing the right career path. They can continue their education on virtually any subject with the use of the large collection of books and online databases available at the library. Seniors can connect with others through volunteering, participating in programs, and continuing the lifelong learning process.