Community Centered: 23 Reasons Why Your Library is the Most Important Place in Town

February 23, 2012 at 1:11 am 1 comment

Community Centered: 23 Reasons Why Your Library is the Most Important Place in Town.

–by Julie Biando Edwards, Melissa S. Rauseo, Kelley Rae Unger,

As librarians, we know the value of our community services, and our patrons appreciate their importance as well. But in an increasingly digital world, we see the role of libraries as community and cultural centers at times undervalued, and occasionally under fire. When shrinking municipal budgets combine with the nonstop technological revolution, public library services that focus on building community face-to-face, inspiring and educating patrons about art, literature, and music, and helping patrons engage in civil discourse can seem quaint. But it is precisely those shrinking budgets and the onslaught of technologically mediated life that make public libraries’ cultural and community offerings more important than ever.

Read the entire article at Public Libraries.


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  • 1. Caroline Peterson  |  June 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    While I understand that libraries are community-centered institutions, I was not aware of all the special ways that libraries build communities, especially when it came to being eco-friendly and sustainable. I love that libraries can encourage sustainability by promoting its atmosphere of sharing. I was pleased to also read how some libraries support local farmer’s markets. Next time I am at my local farmer’s market, I want to see if the library is one of the supporting groups listed.


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