I would like to thank the staff of the Fairview Heights Public Library, to the citizens and to the city administration for the role each plays in creating a great public library.
Libraries know the value of community services, and our patrons appreciate their importance as well. Libraries are more than just books and banks of computers; libraries are still places where individuals gather to explore, interact and imagine. Libraries build citizens. They educate and foster thoughtful communities. Libraries are essential components of communities worth fighting for and worth funding.
At the Fairview Heights Public Library, we offer services such as notary, exam proctoring, meeting room use for residents, e-reader classes, faxing and a photocopying. Our library databases go beyond the traditional research products to include free e-books (OverDrive) and music downloads (Freegal) as well as a great tool for job seekers (Cypress Resume) that helps create a professional resume.
The rise of computers simultaneously happened with the cries that libraries would be irrelevant and yet here we still stand. Libraries found a way to survive and thrive by becoming a place of not only books but of services that communities want and need. I suspect as the world continues to change, libraries will find ways to change right along with it.
I encourage everyone to take a moment to thank our library workers for the services they provide and to remind our public officials that libraries are an important part of the community.
Don Baden, Library Board President