Remember the first time you ever used the library?
Maybe you were a young child, hand in hand with Mom or Dad, visiting the magical place with so many books and stories to discover.
Perhaps you came to know the library as you needed to find information for school reports or books to read for book reports.
Some of you may have rediscovered the library when you had children who attended the multitude of programs offered at the library, from story times to summer reading programs, after school programs, and robotics classes.
Libraries offer us all a remarkable wealth of resources.
Beyond free access to the books, periodicals, and the movies we enjoy, people like you are turning to the library for free Internet and e-books, personal finance tools, information for job searches and small business opportunities, and, of course, the priceless knowledge and experience of librarians. A 2012 poll conducted for the American Library Association found that 94% of respondents agreed that public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed because they provide free access to materials and resources.
Libraries help level the playing field for job seekers.
Libraries are offering support to people to get back on their feet. With more businesses — including a majority of America’s leading retailers — requiring applicants to apply online, job seeking resources are among the most critical and most in demand among the technology resources available in U.S. public libraries. Business people, college students, residents, and visitors to the area can use the library’s internet terminals and free wifi to stay connected. In 2013, we had nearly 14,000 logins to our internet terminals, and 1,000 logins to our wifi.
Libraries set children, teens, and families up for success.
Studies show that preschool story times and summer reading programs significantly affect children’s reading achievements. Children can discover books, grow, and learn through story times, summer reading programs, and other activities at the library. Children who read over the summer are better prepared for school in the fall. In 2013, we held 116 children’s programs, with a total attendance of 1,397 children.
Teens can meet with friends, develop new skills, and find what they need for school at the library. In 2013, we hosted 36 teen programs at the library, with a total attendance of 230 teens.
Parents can find information on child rearing, building strong and healthy families, and fun, free activities for their children. We offer nearly 54,000 resources in print, audio, and video formats, as well as e-books. Older folks can find large print books, health information, and the opportunity to meet new people in our book discussion groups. Each month, the library visits senior centers and nursing homes to deliver books, movies, and audio resources. Researchers from near and far can find genealogy sources to search for ancestors and reconnect with family members. The library’s Pennsylvania Room is staffed four days a week, and offers unique information both in print and online.
Our need is even greater this year.
As you may recall, in winter 2014 two of the three boilers that heat the library broke down during the coldest part of the season. The third boiler has been replaced and is ready for the upcoming winter. The total cost to replace all three boilers is $27,000, and the library still needs $11,000 to complete this critical renovation.
Please be our partner in serving our community.
Your donation to the Franklin Public Library’s Annual Appeal will help the library continue to offer these much needed services, resources, and programs. Send a tax deductible donation today! You can also donate now using a credit card by clicking the safe and secure Donate Now button on this page. Every single gift is appreciated, regardless of the amount. There are also a number of ways you can support your library all year long.
As always, thank you for your attention and continued support!