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!
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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 Essential Technology

VOTE YESA report from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, sponsored by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, details why access to computer and the internet is essential in our libraries:

More so than with other types of use, users with access to computers and the Internet at home, school, or work are still heavy users of library computers for educational purposes. This is particularly the case with doing homework where household competition for computer access may interfere with timely accomplishment of assignments. Users also expressed the efficiency of using library computers for education when additional materials or help from librarians is needed.

A Yes vote on the millage increase for Darby Community Public Library means more computers available for our users. It will also help staff get the training they need to provide the best support possible whether you need computers to complete homework, apply for job, fill out online forms, or manage your finances. We want a new generation of library services for Darby and we need your help on election day. Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015.

Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library!

Free, Safe, and Open

Darby Community potluck and dance.
Darby Community potluck and dance.

The doors of Darby Community Public Library are open to everyone in our community regardless of age, race or financial status. The library provides education and entertainment for free. However, right now, our capacity to improve our services is limited.

With this millage increase, Darby Community Public Library can offer the community a 21st century library with up to date technology and more support for our technology users. We will be open to provide a safe place of learning for kids after school. We will be able to bring our materials budget back up to par to provide current educational and recreational resources. But we need YOUR help!

The passage of millage increase will help the Darby Community Public Library provide new generation library services to our community.  The election will be held September,15. Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015. Register at the Ravalli County Election office up to September 15.

Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library!