Reasons Why Public Libraries Matter

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Recently, a LIU Post economics professor called libraries a waste of taxpayer dollars and suggested Amazon stores replace local libraries. However, Richard Auxier, a researcher with the Tax Policy Center, stated that it would only save Long Islander taxpayers about $36 dollars a year. Public libraries are an important part of society; they promote the discovery of new books and provide many helpful services. Below are some reasons why public libraries matter.

Free Educational Resources

Public libraries offer free educational resources, including access to books, internet access and training programs. Library patrons are able to use these tools to conduct research, seek employment opportunities, and perform necessary training. This helps people find jobs and gain the skills they need to get ahead. It’s also a place where seniors, children, teens and telecommuters can use the internet for free.

Entertainment

Patrons can rent DVDs, CDs, video games, magazines, outdoor games and even museum passes from the library. Keep a little green in your pocket and take advantage of these great entertainment resources at your local library.

Language Resources

Libraries harbor a prominent role in the advancement of cultural diversity by offering an abundance of resources for ESL learners. English language learners can gain access to resources such as audiobooks and free language courses. People can also find many native language books at the library, this can help non-English speakers feel more included while learning a new language.

Health Resources

Many young adults and senior citizens use the library for health and wellness needs. Public libraries provide health insurance resources as well as free fitness classes including yoga.

Events & Activities
Public libraries host public book signings and readings by your favorite authors. You can also find craft and local art programs, exhibitions and plays at your local library.

Community Connections
People attend various community events at public libraries. They offer storytelling sessions for young children, and trivia nights for teenagers and adults. This is a great place to meet new people and make a friend or two.

Political Empowerment

Today, many people have trouble separating fact from fiction in the media. Libraries are a hub of information where you can search and obtain the truth. Libraries are also embedded into the political life of the community. Many libraries are turned into local voting precincts during election times. Politicians hold regular library meetings in order to engage with the community. Public libraries also help you stay up to date on recent political issues and happenings. This can help citizens feel empowered and advocate for one another.

Academic Programs

Libraries offer a wealth of academic programs including complimentary tutorial sessions, after-school homework assistance and literacy programs throughout the year. These programs help enhance academic performance as well as reading skills.

Offline Information

The library is a place where you can find information that isn’t readily available on the internet. You can find offline resources such as hardback encyclopedias, atlases and academic research journals. Public libraries provide both digital and non-digital resources.

Trusted Sources

Libraries are a trusted source for book recommendations, because they have nothing to gain financially by recommending certain titles over others. Looking for a book recommendation? Be sure to ask the librarian behind the Help Desk for an honest and helpful suggestion.

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