For the past couple weeks, I have been writing a paper on the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as part of a course on the management of information organizations. In my reading and research, I discovered some amazing things about the history of CRRL. I love the Virginiana Room that houses a collection of local history resources. Sadly, the library currently faces significant budget and staffing challenges.
I was lucky to grow up in a town with an excellent library. During a time when the state of California was slashing support of libraries statewide, the City of Thousand Oaks made a commitment to its library, with the result that their collections and services grew while other libraries shrank. These days, the huge aquarium in the children’s section is amazing (and of course I’m partial to the whole Newbury Park branch where I used to shelve books after school). But like CRRL, the TO Library’s funding is in question (for a brief article about this, click here).
This link offers ideas as to how patrons can show their library some love. My favorite suggestions are to honor a friend or relative’s birthday with a book for the library and to support library referenda in elections.
What do you love about your public library?