BENEFITING: Tompkins County Public Library Foundation, Inc.
As we've celebrated TCPL's Sesquicentennial this past year, I've looked around at all that we offer our community, thought about all that we want and must offer our community in this time of great change and as I often do, I stood looking at the portrait of Ezra Cornell. I thought about how his founding a public library in a time when that was not so common, ultimately led to the founding of a great educational institution.
I’ve been a librarian a long time and I hear almost every day about our pending digital demise—that our stacks will house relics unrecognizable to the next generation of readers. We hear constantly that technology changes libraries, but we know without any doubt that libraries change people. I see it every day.
If libraries were just about books, we might be worried but libraries aren’t repositories of collections, they are investments in the futures of the communities they serve. It’s up to us to ensure that Ezra’s and our investment is secure—to maintain a diverse, ever-evolving collection, to keep our physical space vibrant and welcoming , to offer educational and cultural programming, to ensure that we are bridging the digital divide by providing internet stations, wireless access, to provide opportunities to have access to the digital world and all the new technologies, to provide audio visual materials, no matter what format and yes, to offer books and reading-regardless of whether it is a print book or ebook--because libraries are about the joy of reading, the power of information and the strength of community connections.
Please join me as I complete the final 'leg' of this year's 24-hour READATHON from 11:30am - noon on Sunday, September 28th.