Opinion

April 14, 2013

Celebrate National Library Week at the Dalton-Whitfield County Library April 14-20

This week, the Dalton-Whitfield County Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and re-engage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering materials for English-language learners, computer access for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The Dalton-Whitfield County Library serves the local area by providing books on CD, videos, services for physically handicapped individuals, local history and genealogy, children’s programs and, of course, books.  

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Library Director Linda Floyd. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”

All libraries in the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System are celebrating National Library Week beginning today. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.  

Libraries are places for new beginnings. Whether you are getting your first library card, using your computer skills or planning a trip, the library is the place where your story begins. This National Library Week, join our nation’s libraries and librarians and find out what your local public library has for you.   

“Every day, libraries across the country are helping people improve their lives and expand their horizons,” said Floyd. “Whether it is by opening a book and exploring distant lands, or by learning how to use new technologies to find a job, people at our library are creating new ways to make the public library relevant for them.”

Anne and David Blaylock, co-presidents of the Friends of the Dalton-Whitfield County Library, encourage all residents of Dalton and Whitfield County to support the public library: “This is one of the greatest resources in Dalton. Read to your children; read for your own enjoyment. If you haven’t visited the library recently, see what’s new.”  

The Friends of the Library is an advocacy group dedicated to the improvement of the public library through private fundraising as well as urging local officials to improve financial support for the library. One hundred percent of funds raised by the Friends goes directly back to the local library for books and programs.  

Deputy Director Nick Fogarty noted that it’s a sad commentary that many libraries in Georgia and around the country have had to reduce hours and cut back on buying new books over the last several years.

“Don’t take the public library for granted,” he said. “Cities and counties are still feeling the pinch of the current economic situation, and libraries are not exempt from cuts to their budgets. During National Library Week, let your city, county and state officials know that you support libraries and reading.”

For more information, visit the Dalton-Whitfield County Library at the corner of Cappes and Waugh streets in Dalton, call (706) 876-1360 or see the library’s website at www.ngrl.org. Library hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

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