Cumberland Times-News

April 13, 2014

Library week

National observance recognizes contributions

Cumberland Times-News

— Public libraries remain one of the best uses of taxpayer dollars. They are open to all. Young or old, poor or wealthy, residents can use computers and read current magazines and newspapers. Compact discs featuring a wide variety of music and

movies on DVD may be checked out in addition to novels and other books.

National Library Week — April 13-19 — is a perfect time to visit a library in Cumberland and the surrounding area.

For those who haven’t stopped in recently, most libraries have kept pace with technogy with Wi-Fi, electronic card catalogs and material check-out and return systems, among other updates.

The national weeklong observance is sponsored by the American Library  Association and recognizes the contributions of America's libraries and librarians.

With shrinking government budgets, library systems across the country are  struggling financially to maintain past levels of service.

Some have been forced to cut staff or reduce hours of operation. Libraries are welcoming places, repositories of valuable information and knowledge. Children who come with responsible adults will likely develop a love of reading that will make them better students.

Show that libraries are important to you by using resources and programs they offer. You can start today.