Friday, July 18, 2014

What is a Public Library?

Assistant Library Director Lisa Pappas shared this blog post from BookRiot: Libraries Are Not a "Netflix for Books". The author's words resonated with both of us. The role a public library plays in its community cannot be reduced to comparison with a for-profit company. The core philosophy of public libraries, open and equitable access for all, is diametrically opposed to profit motive. A public library provides an environment where people can improve their lives. It is more than any set of services, more than books, more than the staff. Ms Jensen states it clearly:
"The library is the center and the heart of community."