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.

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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.