We here at The Daily Mining Gazette are huge fans of literacy, so we take this opportunity to join our local libraries in marking National Library Week.
Portage Lake District Library Director Shawn Leche encourages everyone to visit their local library this week to take advantage of the wonderful resources available there.
We have many fine libraries here in the Copper Country - schools, universities, communities, even churches offer collections of reading and other materials.
We applaud Mr. Leche and his staff at the Portage Lake District Library for all the work they do to secure and provide a broad range of reading materials and outreach programs for children and families.
But we also praise the work done by all librarians here in the Copper Country. So much good work is done in small and large libraries here to help readers find their way.
Reading is so important to early childhood development and preparing children for school. So putting books in the hands of parents and kids alike, early on is key.
Reading is a life-long activity and libraries serve many generations of readers. Tastes and interests are broad, so its not always easy to have everything in the stacks that is wanted, but inter-library loan services are quick and effective.
In this time of tea parties railing against any and all taxes, we take this opportunity to support the use of state and local tax dollars to ensure the existence of libraries in our communities and schools. Public libraries are a fine use of tax dollars.
The Internet has certainly shaped the information age, but it hasn't put libraries out of business. Libraries have embraced the Internet and librarians have been the Internet users' staunchest ally against legal threats.
Kindles, iPads and other electronic book readers will continue to shape the way the printed word is distributed, but libraries will surely also ride the technology wave along with the consumer, the reader.
So, be a reader. Visit your library. Check it out today.