The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Editorials

January 31, 2013

Libraries offer a world of ideas

DANVILLE — February is National Library Lovers’ Month, a chance for the thousands of Vermilion County residents who make use of their local libraries to celebrate — maybe not in a “We won the Souper Bowl!” way, but more in a way that shows how much they appreciate the services libraries provide.

Today’s libraries offer visitors more than just shelves and shelves full of books.

Patrons can check out movies and music, they can download E books.

They can participate in a number of educational and entertaining programs.

Most important for those who do not have a computer in their homes, they offer access to the Internet and all of its resources.

During February, the Danville Public Library will enjoy its I Love Libraries campaign.

Patrons can donate $1 to help support literacy programs and outreach projects. Those who donate can put their name on a red heart, with the hearts to go on display.

A $20 donation to the Danville Library Foundation will enable the donor to sign a Valentine card and send it to a person he or she would like to honor.

Libraries in Hoopeston, Georgetown, Westville, Oakwood, Catlin, Ridge Farm, Potomac, Sidell, Milford in Illinois as well as in Covington, Veedersburg, Attica, West Lebanon, Williamsport, Perrysville, Newport, Dana and Cayuga in Indiana all provide important services to their patrons.

Libraries aren’t stuffy stacks of books anymore.

They are dynamic community centers, providing access to ideas and art to everyone.

That’s certainly something worth celebrating.

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