Letter: Tiverton’s library really does change lives

To the editor:

On Monday, April 7, at the Tiverton Town Council meeting, a proclamation will be issued naming April as Tiverton Library Month, and during the third week in April, Tiverton joins with communities across the country to celebrate National Library Week, a time to remind the public about the contributions that libraries make to their communities.

‘Lives Change @ Your Library’ is the fitting theme for this national celebration of libraries — which serve as catalysts in their communities, offering opportunities for children and adults alike to learn, grow and achieve their dreams. In addition to providing access to books, e-books, computers and other resources, public libraries offer expert teaching and guidance to aid library users in their quest to open new worlds and change their lives. According to the February library director’s report, in that month alone over 1,900 people visited the Tiverton libraries in person, and the website logged in over 2,800 visits.  A total of 4,346 items were circulated, 169 reference questions were fielded, and 528 computer sessions were recorded.

Libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge, providing free access to information for all people. In the spirit of this tradition of leveling the playing field, the Tiverton libraries will hold two programs during Tiverton Library Month with a view to improving current life circumstances through job growth and education.  On April 7 at the Essex Library, Gary Gekow will present a talk on “Salary and Benefit Negotiation” at 6:30 p.m., and on April 8 at Sandywoods Art Center, the College Prep Collaborative will offer parents the latest techniques on scholarship searching and organizing to win scholarships regardless of income.  Make a reservation for either program by calling the library at (401) 625-6796.

Last month, the library completed a five-month series of workshops on “The Art of Changing Your Life” with the goal of sharing the universal principles that enable every person to thrive instead of simply survive.  Throughout the month of April, the libraries in Tiverton will provide an opportunity for patrons to share a note about their own life-changing experience that started with the library.  Blank notepaper bearing the “Lives Change @ Your Library” theme will be available at the circulation desks of both the Essex and Union libraries.  If your search for work, college, medical information or other life-changing benefits began at the library, you can help your community by letting others know.

Use the month of April to remember that when it is time to make a change and improve your life, the place to be is @ your library.

Rosemary Probasco,

Friends of the Tiverton Library

 

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