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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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.

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!