Many Americans are quite familiar with President John F. Kennedy’s well-known quote. Fifty years ago on January 20, 1961; during his inaugural address he stated, “And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country”. Often, I like to relate his quote to the world of libraries. Here is my quote “so my fellow library patrons: ask not what your library can do for you—ask what you can do for your library.” Libraries have the propensity to change the quality of life for all patrons. Therefore, here is my list of things library patrons can do for their library.
- Sign up for a library card.
- Attend library programs, such as children’s storytimes, book discussions, author talks, teen activities and computer classes.
- Check out library materials; books, CD’s, DVD’s and audio books.
- Join your local library’s Friends of the Library group.
- Volunteer at your local library.
- Donate money to the Library’s Foundation.
Libraries and library patrons go hand in hand impacting individual lives as well as communities. Actively participating with your local library will make a lifetime impact. Please visit your local library soon.