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Public libraries equal strong communities

This week, the Seminole County Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

April 7-13 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study — they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

National Library Week is a great time to remind yourself of all your library has to offer. Whether you check out the library in person or online, you’ll be contributing to your community.

Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.

The Seminole County Public Library helps lead the community by offering introductory computer classes, a monthly book discussion, and a story time for toddlers.  They provide free passes to Georgia State Parks, Chehaw Park, Zoo Atlanta, the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory, Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts, and the Go Fish Education Center.  In addition to books, you can use a computer, check out a movie, and learn how to download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines from the library’s digital collection.

“The library helps lead our community by advocating for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning,” said Catherine Vanstone, Assistant Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Happy National Library Week! Join us in celebrating the many ways your library is building a strong community and transforming lives! Support your library by visiting today.

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