Investing in Our Future

imaginationStudies show that children who are read to before kindergarten enter school far more ready to learn. Opportunities to play in a visual, story-filled environment are imperative to reaching school readiness goals.

Darby Community Public Library is the only organization in town that offers weekly storytimes, a play area with building blocks, thousands of books for early readers, and resources for parents to help their children succeed. We need your help to keep these services for our children available to all families in our community.

Ballots are now in homes asking you to vote FOR a 3 millage increase for Darby Community Library. This will be about $30,000 per year and will fill in for an unstable source of funding in donations and grants. All of this money will go directly to the library and not the town. More stable funding will help us invest in our future. Vote FOR the millage increase!

Mark your ballot and drop it in the mail today. Or hand deliver to the Ravalli County Election Office, 215 South 4th St., Suite C; Hamilton, MT 59840. Ballots must be received by September 15.

Library as a Community Resource Center

Vote Libraries 1 by Juana MedinaAccording to United States census data, 16.8% of residents in Ravalli County from 2009-2013 lived below the federal poverty line. Children living in these homes are unlikely to have technology or books. These children need literacy based library programs such as story-times to prepare them for entering school and summer-reading to keep them learning when school is out. These programs and a current collection of reading materials are fundamental to the development of families in need.

Ballots will be mailed this week asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This increase will fund a rich collection of library resources and increase the capacity of professional staff to provide transformative programs. This will provide about 1/3 of the library’s annual budget and we need your help to secure the next generation of library services.

Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library! Ballots must be in by September 15.

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.