Saturday, March 19, 2011
Omaha Public Library Director Promotes the Value of Libraries
The value of a public library. (Omaha World Herald, 3/19/2011
Excerpt: I have one of the best jobs in town. Each day I have the opportunity to see the direct impact public libraries have on their communities and on the individuals they serve. Libraries strengthen cities.
In Omaha, there were 2.3 million visits to our libraries in 2010, making us one of the most visited organizations in the state. In addition, 1.3 million virtual visits were made to our website, omahalibrary.org. During those visits, customers borrowed 3.2 million books, DVDs and CDs, and more than 32,000 digital books.
Of course, these are just numbers and do not begin to share the true value of the public library. Value is found every day in the stories that unfold in large and small ways, reminding us that libraries make a difference.