Public libraries have long been a wonderful resource for people of all ages. With technology growing the way that it has over the years, many people have turned their backs on the library. There are still many Americans that find joy and relaxation in the library. The library provides people of all income brackets a way to gain access to books that they would not otherwise have.
I am a member of a church that is not in a high income area. I take groups of children to the library at least once a week and spend time reading to them, teaching them how the library works and allowing them to get their hands on the books that they would not otherwise ever get to read. It is one of the highlights of my life.
The librarian that operates the library that we go to is a wonderful woman that takes a great deal of pride and joy in her job. She takes the time to answer any questions that the children have about anything about the books. She helps them in ways that many of the parents do not have the time, knowledge or the desire to.
Many of these children were not reading at the level that they should have been when we first started these day trips and are now reading at their level or above. It has really opened the doors to all of their futures. Some of them started doing better in school and have had complete changes in their personalities. It was like they did not think they were able to do things in their lives and now they know that they can do anything.
The public library is a tool that is often overlooked in today’s society and hopefully will begin to become a part of everyone’s lives once again.