Aging Minds are Active in the Library

Grandparents reading with childAccording to the Mayo Clinic, for people between the ages of 70 and 89, activities like “reading books, playing games, participating in computer activities and crafting led to a 30 to 50 percent decrease in the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment.” All of these activities can be enjoyed at the Darby Community Public Library. Library staff lead Computer Basics classes that are open to all ages and can help any family find the right materials to help aging family members’ brains active.

The Experience Corps Trial, in which older men and women volunteer to teach reading skills to kindergarten through third graders in Baltimore city schools, is using brain-imaging studies to determine the effect of reading on an aging brain. After just a few months, people who volunteer show beneficial changes in their brains similar to those that other research teams have seen with similar exercises. Some of this interaction takes place in libraries.

We don’t need a study in Darby to understand the importance of the library to people of all ages. In 2013-2014 the library had over 400 programs for community members. The 3-mill increase for library funding on the September ballot will ensure that support is available to help our community use the library spaces, materials, and programs to their fullest.  It will provide about 1/3 of the annual budget and we NEED your help to secure the next generation of library services.

Vote YES for Darby Library! Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015.

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Your Health at Your Library

Your Healthatyour libraryOver one third of your neighbors, family, and friends, most likely rely on computers and Internet access at the Darby Community Public Library for everyday and just in time health and wellness advice. They are looking to find ways to become more active, find doctors, research a family member’s illness, locate health care insurance, or track down discount medications. The library is an important component of our health system.

In fact, “Opportunity for All,” a study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, found that meeting health and wellness needs was one of the most frequently reported uses of public access technology, with 37 percent of users reporting having looked for health information, treatment options, caregivers, or ways to improve their health; 56 percent of these users also reported seeking out these types of information for relatives, friends, colleagues, and others. In order to continue to provide this critical access for everyone in Darby, we need YOUR help!

There will be a ballot measure on the September 15, 2015 ballot, asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This will provide about 1/3 of our annual budget and we need your help to secure the next generation of library services.

Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library!

Important Dates to Remember!

  • Forgot to register? No problem late registration begins August 18.
  • Ballots are mailed August 26th.
  • Return your ballot by September 15th!

The Library is Everywhere You Need it

ainting of woman reading ebookDo you prefer to read and learn online? Wish you had access to your favorite titles from home, twenty four hours a day?

Darby Community Public Library has tons of resources online for you to borrow anytime. The Montana Library2Go has ebooks and audiobooks of all types from bestsellers to business & career titles.  There are research databases to help you with reports and improving your business. There are also the Darby Diaries if you want to explore the personal history of our great community. The library also gives you access to the statewide personal tutoring, test prep, and jobs center, HomeworkMT.

You can access these resources from most devices like your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or PC, from anywhere in the world. Whether it’s homework, finding a job, or personal enrichment, Darby Community Public Library has you covered. Your library is everywhere you are.

There will be a ballot measure on the September 15, 2015 ballot, asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This will provide about 1/3 of our annual budget and we need your help to secure the next generation of library services.
Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library! Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015.

Funding Our Valuable Library

Kids on library computerThe Darby Community Public Library offers access to several types of resources including books, eBooks, magazines, DVDs, music, and research databases. The library also supports lifelong learning and success in school and in the job market by providing educational and arts programs for all ages.

But the Darby Community Public Library is much more than resources and programs.

According to a 2013 Pew Research study, “How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities”, the vast majority of Americans say that public libraries play an important role in their communities. Specifically providing,

  • Opportunity: 95% of Americans agree that public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed
  • Literacy: 95% say that public libraries are important because they promote literacy and a love of reading
  • Quality of Life: 94% say that having a public library improves the quality of life in a community

The Darby Community Library is a valued resource and key partner in the success of a healthy community.  There will be a ballot measure on the September 15, 2015 ballot, asking voters if they support a 3 millage increase for library funding. If passed, the impact of the mill levy increase on a home valued at $200,000.00 would be about $7.86 per year. These funds will be used for more staffing and patron support, keeping the library open as a safe after school environment, building repairs, and increasing the collections budget. For more information see the library’s Bond site.

Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library! Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015.

The Library as Opportunity

geyser event soda pop geysers 4 (1)According to a 2013 PEW study*, “95% of Americans ages 16 and older agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed”.

Government and healthcare agencies increasingly require people to submit essential forms online. Likewise more corporations only accept online job applications. Often these forms cannot be obtained in print and traditional mail or appointments for in person help may increase wait times that can be unmanageable for some without access to the internet.

Over the summer children need to stay engaged to continue learning and be prepared for the return to school in the fall. E-books or online learning apps supplement other summer activities, but purchasing or subscribing to the resources can be expensive and prohibitive when there is the additional burden of increased childcare costs over the summer.

Darby Community Public Library provides access to these resources to anyone in the community who needs them. Whether applying for a job, filling out essential forms, or providing summer learning, many Darby residents depend on the Library to deal with these important aspects of our lives.

There will be a ballot measure on the September 15, 2015 ballot, asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This will provide about 1/3 of our annual budget and we need your help to secure the next generation of library services.

Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library! Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015.

*How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities, PEW Research Center, 2013.

Access to Computers and the Internet in the Library

computer room
The computer room in Darby Community Public Library is a very busy place. In addition to the computer room, the library circulates five laptop computers for patron in-house use. Other library users bring in their own computers and electronic devices to connect to the Internet using the library’s free WiFi access.

The Darby Community Public Library provides technology for use by our community. This includes not only computers, but reliable high speed Internet access, and basic productivity software. These resources can be used by anyone in the community who do not otherwise have access to technology or by families who may have only one household computer and need more capacity during crunch times.

In the 2013-2014 year, Darby Community Public Library users accessed the library’s high speed Internet from mobile devices 1,015 times. Currently, the 14 public access computers in the computer room have 168 weekly users. We know this is an essential service to the community and the library needs your help to maintain its technology services.

There will be a measure on the September 15, 2015 ballot, asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This increase will help insure that staffing is available to help with computer assistance and that technology is maintained and upgraded regularly.
Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library! Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015.

Arts and Education for All Ages

hobbit house painting
Hobbit house painting at the Darby Community Public Library.

Darby Community Library offers free art workshops for artists of all ages. It encourages art appreciation and builds skills that help keep mental sharpness. The library also provides free educational opportunities to learn about focused topics in small doses.

Providing opportunities for children and adults, library arts programs range from crafts to fine arts. This summer the drawing series ends with an art show where teens can showcase their creations. Also offered will be a series of science focused classes on astronomy, astronauts, and kids science workshops. Educational opportunities and arts for all ages provide opportunities for family activities and keeps children learning through the summer.

There will be a ballot measure on the September 15, 2015 ballot, asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This will provide about 1/3 of our annual budget and we need your help to secure the next generation of library services.
Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library! Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015.