This is a common misconception. Use of our library has continued to grow every year, both in the number of people attending programs and people checking out books and many other items. Some people do prefer to check out ebooks from us, but print books are by far the most heavily used. This is true for all ages, but especially for kids and teens.
Libraries have evolved to be places for people to meet, work, study and engage – as well as places to get books, movies, documentaries and more. Your neighbors use the library to help their young children become academically and socially ready for kindergarten. Seniors visit for social interaction and to continue learning. Your friends want to use library spaces and amenities to attend meetings/events and to meet with others.
We also help people learn to access and navigate the digital world. You personally may not use the library, but your community does. And given all the changes that have occurred at the library in the last few years, you may not be aware of all the free digital access and services your library provides. The library serves as an equalizer in an era where digital access is increasingly necessary for all ages and socioeconomic groups; it can also be a great place for people from all walks of life to interact.
The library is a resource for all of us, just like the school district. You may not have kids in school, but it’s a benefit to all of us to have a strong school system. The same is true for the library. If it’s been a while since you’ve checked us out, we hope you’ll stop by or visit our website. We’re always adding new resources!