Sample Speech - Why are Libraries Important? (1)
Together with the school, the church and the hospital, a library is one of the cornerstones of a healthy community. Libraries give people the opportunity to experience new ideas, explore great minds, and experience great art, while at the same time providing a sense of place for gathering.
The _____ Library reflects the diversity and character, and the needs and expectations of our community. Those needs and expectations are often extensive, and the services invaluable.
The _____ Library is often the only readily available source of comprehensive information needed by people for personal, family and job-related purposes. Our community's economy benefits when business people use library resources to make wise business decisions, employees use it to improve job skills, or the disadvantaged use it to help break the cycle of poverty. During economic hardship, our citizens turn to and depend on the library.
Over summer vacations, evenings and weekends, the _____ Library is the only library available to school children; for preschoolers it is simply the only library available. College students often use the library when they are home for the weekend or for holidays. And the reference resources in public libraries are usually unavailable elsewhere in the community.
Our library is a unique and valuable resource. It is a lifeline to the world and all the information in it.
(If speaking to community leaders, you may wish to end with: Yet we struggle to keep up with the many changes in technology, rising costs in books and other materials, staff and budget shortages, and a growing demand from our customers for more information. As community leaders, I ask you to please make a commitment to your library and to library service for all. The intellectual and economic health of our community depends on it.)