As a member of the library board, you help set the direction for your public library, a very important city service, particularly when it comes to quality of life. Get to know your library and the difference it makes in your community firsthand. Drop in to browse and read, attend a story hour, use a computer, check out a book.
“Public library” means different things to different people. For many, the purpose of a public library is to help children develop a love of reading. For others, it means a place that provides computers and Internet access to people who don’t have them at home. The public library may also be seen as an anchor for downtown businesses, a gathering place for the community, a source of books and movies for pleasure and recreation, or an institution vital to democracy because it provides access to information from all points of view.
Libraries add to the quality of life. Whatever role your library plays in the community, chances are it is one of the most heavily used city services. Statewide, about 66% of Iowans have library cards. From 2002 to 2012, annual visits to Iowa public libraries increased 25% to 19,383,824. Today’s libraries offer books and so much more: computers and the Internet; recorded books; meeting rooms; story hour; websites; book discussions; movies; newspapers; genealogy resources; databases you can access from home or work including downloadable e-books, magazines, music and movies; as well as coffee shops and drive-up windows.