|About half of all Americans who are 16 and older use a public library at least once in a 12-month period. A recent report from the American Library Association (ALA) found that in a year’s time, 1.5 billion people visit public libraries in person, and 92.6 million access the more than 4 million public programs offered.|
Today’s libraries serve up so much more than books and free Wi-Fi. They are cultural centers where patrons go to learn about the arts, literature, music and more. They are community meccas where members gather to participate in events, do-it-yourself courses, technology classes and the like. And they are a helpful resource for research, financial advice, tax preparation and planning—even free legal guidance. The sky is the limit when it comes to the benefits public libraries afford their patrons. But as technology evolves, so does the need for libraries to expand their service offerings. This e-newsletter will showcase ways some libraries have enhanced their service lines to keep pace with the next generation of library connoisseurs.
Try one or all of the ideas above to connect your patrons with the services they love.
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