My letter to the editor appeared today!
Happy National Library Worker Day, April 14, 2015.
Show appreciation for library workers
Americans love our libraries, and we visit libraries almost 1.2 billion times each year. Recently, a Marist College Institute for Public Opinion poll documented 94 percent of Americans rate libraries very valuable or valuable. Sixty-three percent would support increased taxes for public library services.
In challenging economic times, libraries are being used for job searches, Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) testing, borrowing DVDs, Teen Geek computer help, E-book downloading and such. However, funding cuts threaten service hours, budgets and staffing levels. Library workers — catalogers, circulation clerks, pages, librarians, security guards and Web designers — provide access to the past while preserving the present.
On Tuesday, April 14, during National Library Week, communities across the country will celebrate the valuable contribution of our librarians and support staff on the second annual National Library Workers Day. Libraries are part of the American dream — places for opportunity, education and lifelong learning — but that dream would not exist if not for the people staffing our libraries.
This National Library Worker Day we celebrate Sherri Smith, Betty Ollis and Lorraine Solen for their hard work, service and dedication that they bring to the LaGrange Library every day over the past 20 years.
I encourage everyone to take a moment to thank our library workers for the services they provide and to remind our LaGrange Town Council and Dutchess County officials that libraries provide vital services every day. LaGrange Association Library works because library workers do!
LaGrange Association Library
as appeared in http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/letters/2015/03/28/letters-editor/70596602/