Friday, January 30, 2009

Library lovers show support

February is Library Lovers Month and people across the nation are rallying in support of academic, school and public libraries. Library lovers demonstrate their love of libraries by donating new and used books, often to honor loved ones; volunteering their time and expertise; joining Friends organizations and speaking up for libraries at civic and community meetings.

Some library lovers make monetary donations in honor of loved ones or as part of their estate planning. Books, DVDs, and other materials purchased with bequests and memorial or honorary contributions will be identified with special donor plates whenever possible.

Call (540) 349-1928 or e-mail for more information on the Amazon Wish List or monetary donations.

Businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie once said, “A library out ranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people.” It was true then and it's true now.

During economic downturns, people turn to public libraries for information, recreation, and cultural needs so it is not surprising that Fauquier County libraries are facing historic demands for service. One out of every two Fauquier residents has a library card, and last year more people visited the library, checked out books, asked questions, or attended programs than any other time in the library’s history.

Our library, like libraries across the nation, has become a multimedia center, offering not only books but informational DVDs, classic movies, e-books and Internet access. All Fauquier libraries offer free Internet access — a service that is increasingly important to job seekers and others who don’t have Internet access at home — as well as free classes for seniors and others who are just learning or want to learn how to use the Internet.

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