Bring in food for the Delaware Food Bank.
Collection bin is next to the check out desk
Gently used children?s books donated by Newark Free Library patrons repeatedly overflow the attractively decorated milk crate near the book check-out counter.
The Child Development Center at DelTech, Head Start branches, Bear YMCA reading program, and Hudson Center, Newark, are among the recipients of over one thousand children?s books distributed. The importance of getting books into children?s hands cannot be overstated.
BY LEONARD KNIFFEL, EDITOR IN CHIEF, AMERICAN LIBRARIES.
This was printed in The VOICE for America?s Libraries, a publication of the ALTAFF Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (A division of the American Library Association). The Newark Friends is a member of the association.
Included in this month?s issue of our Friends newsletter are four ways libraries are good for the country. The remaining ways will be included in future newsletters.
The following is written by Leonard Kniffel
American?s love their libraries, and advances in technology have multiplied the ways in which libraries enrich the quality of life in their communities. Whether they are in an elementary school or a university, a museum or a corporation, public or private, our nation?s libraries offer a lifetime of learning. To library supporters everywhere---Friends, Trustees, board members, patrons and volunteers---American Libraries magazine offers 12 ideals toward which librarians strive as they provide comprehensive access to the record of human experience. It will take all of us, in a spirit of pride and freedom, to maintain libraries as a living reality through the 21st century.
1. Libraries sustain democracy.
Libraries provide access to information and multiple points of view so that people can make knowledgeable decisions on public policy throughout their lives. With their collections, programs and professional expertise, librarians help their patrons identify accurate and authoritative date and use information resources wisely to stay informed. The public library is the only institution in American society whose purpose is to guard against the tyrannies of ignorance and conformity.
2. Libraries break down boundaries.
Libraries of various kinds offer services and programs for people at all literacy levels, readers with little or no English skills, preschoolers, students, homebound senior citizens, prisoners, homeless or impoverished individuals and persons with physical or learning disabilities. Libraries rid us of fences that obstruct our vision and our ability to communicate and to educate ourselves.
3. Libraries level the playing field.
By making access to information resources and technology available to all, regardless of income, class or background, a public library levels the playing field and helps close the gap between the rich and the poor. Libraries unite people and make their resources available to everyone in the community, regardless of social statue. These are more public libraries than McDonald?s in the United States.
4. Libraries value the individual.
Libraries offer choices between mainstream and alternative viewpoint, between traditional visionary concepts, and between monoculture and multicultural perspectives. Library doors swing open for independent thinking without prejudgment. Library collections and services offer the historical global, cultural, and political perspective that is necessary to foster a spirit of exploration that challenges orthodoxy and conformity.