If you have ever wondered about the true heart and makeup of a city, look no further than your local public library. Here in Evansville, there are eight different EVPL locations, each unique and tailored to the communities we serve. Through simple observation and exploration of the library, Evansville’s heartbeat can absolutely be felt. From our city’s unique blend of colors and cultures to its firm roots in faith and family, all of that is evident at the library.
Money, age, race, social status, religion, gender… none of it factors into the quality of service received at the library. People whose paths otherwise may not have ever naturally crossed now share experiences, ideas, and memories over laughter and tears and lots of smiles. This is not by accident. EVPL’s vision is “Communities united through shared exploration and understanding,” and we have only been able to achieve strides toward this vision through the support and example of Evansville itself. The library is literally an oasis, a portal into imagination and wonder, for every single person in this community.
This year, National Library Week (April 7-13) marks its 61st birthday with the theme “Libraries = Strong Communities.” Here are just a few suggestions on how you can celebrate!
To quote the American Library Association: “Today’s libraries are at the heart of our cities, towns, schools, and campuses, providing critical resources, programs, and expertise. They also provide a public space where all community members, regardless of age, culture, or income level, can come together to connect and learn.”
Championing equity and growth through community connection? Sounds like Evansville to me!
See you at the library,
For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek