From children’s story times to seniors’ retirement planning, and from pleasure reading to professional development, Fort Bend County Libraries is committed to completing the “circle of knowledge” for the information-based needs of Fort Bend County. In recognition of this commitment, Fort Bend County Libraries invites the residents of the county to join in recognition of National Library Week, April 14-20.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Communities Matter @ Your Library.” Service to the community has always been a focus of the library. Libraries work with elected officials, small-business owners, students, seniors, and the public at large to discover what their communities’ needs are, and to meet them. Each community has its own unique identity and needs, and libraries evolve to reflect those differences.
Libraries provide a place for diverse groups of people to come together for a common purpose, share ideas, and gain information. Tackling local issues, collaborating on research papers, and networking with other professionals are just a few examples of how people and ideas come together at the library. New moms connect at story time, job hunters network and explore employment opportunities, and family-history researchers make connections with the past.
“Every day, libraries in big cities and small towns help transform their communities,” says Library Director Clara Russell. “At our libraries, people of all backgrounds can come together for community meetings, lectures and programs, to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to improve job skills, or to find homework help.”
The ways in which libraries provide information and services to the community have grown and evolved over the years, as advances in technology have taken place. The “virtual”portal of the libraries’ website is just as popular as the front doors of the bricks-and-mortar buildings. The past year has seen an increase in the popularity of the library’s digital audio books and eBooks that can be downloaded from home. The online homework help and databases continue to be well used by students of all ages. The databases include authoritative research information that Internet search engines such as Google or Yahoo cannot access.
Libraries provide information-delivery 24/7, using multi-faceted, multicultural, and multilingual resources, providing a bridge to the best conceivable future for many Americans.
By providing a means for people with diverse backgrounds, ages, and experiences to connect with each other, libraries strive to provide an environment where ideas can take shape and grow. With unlimited access, there are no barriers or limits to the horizons that can be explored, and the price for that – at the library – is free.
For more information about the Fort Bend County library system and its services, call the libraries’ Public Information Office at 281-341-2677, or visit the library’s website at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us.