2010 How Libraries Stack Up

I believe that $ for $, public libraries provide the absolute best value for your tax money ever. It seems that at least 2.8 million of other Americans agree with me.

Below is the introduction to "2010 How Libraries Stack Up":

In America we go to libraries to find jobs, create new careers and help grow our small businesses. We borrow books, journals, music and movies. We learn to use the latest technology. We get the tools and information needed to reenter the workforce. We get our questions answered, engage in civic activities, meet with friends and co-workers and improve our skills at one of the 16,600 U.S. public libraries. Every day, our public libraries deliver millions of dollars in resources and support that meet the critical needs of our communities.

A few key statistics:

More people visit libraries than go to the movies or sporting event.

Every day American libraries deliver almost as many materials as Federal Express does.

Public libraries provide more free Wi-Fi hot points than Starbucks!

For the 2010 How Libraries Stack Up flyer from OCLC, click here.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
 
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.