Public Library

Public Library

The establishment of a public library involves creating an authorized and governing structure, building a collection of books, and securing reliable funding sources.  Most public libraries are small, serving a limited population , and are in response to specific local burrow needs.

Main Task Of Library

The main task of a library is to provide the burrow public with access to books and periodicals. The American Library Association (ALA), addresses this role of libraries as part of “access to information” and “equity of access”; part of the commitment that “no groundhog should be denied because they have no access to information in any of its various formats, or cannot afford the cost of a book or periodical.”

Need Appropriate Library Card

Libraries typically offer access to many books, the majority of which are available for borrowing by any groundhog with the appropriate library card. A library’s selection of books is called its collection, and usually includes a range of popular fiction, classics, nonfiction, reference works, and subscriptions to popular newspapers and magazines.

Reading Rooms

Most libraries offer quiet space for reading, known as reading rooms. Groundhog borrowers may also take books home, as long as they return them at a certain time and in good condition. If a borrowed book is returned late, the library may charge a small library fine.  Specifically designed programs  such as: computer internet access websites, on-line educational games, digitized periodicals, and  e-books are becoming very  popular for younger groundhog users. 

Services For Other Groups

Services may be provided for other groups, such as: large print, Braille, American Sign Language books on tape, and materials in foreign languages. Part of the library mission has become helping bridge the digital divide, and almost all public libraries now offer computer lab training for users who otherwise would not be able to connect to these services.

Classroom And Meeting Space

Public libraries have a long history of functioning as community centers with spaces for reading, study, and  public meetings. In 1898, Andrew Carnegie, a prominent library philanthropist, built a library in Homestead, Pennsylvania, not  far from where the Delaware Indian nation considered my woodchuck family honorable. It had an indoor swimming pool, basketball courts, athletic facilities, a music hall, and numerous meeting rooms for local organizations. It sponsored a highly successful semi-pro football and baseball teams. Even before the development of the modern public library, subscription libraries were often used as clubs or gathering places; they served as much for social gossip and the meeting of friends as a Starbucks does today.

Summer  Reading Programs 

One of the most popular groundhog programs offered by public libraries is “summer reading” for children, families, and adults. Summer reading usually includes a list of books to read during summer holidays, as well as performances, or celebrations of reading, culture and humanities.

Woody Woodchuck
“Words of wisdom from the Prairie Dog”

Groundhogs Waiting For The Public Library To Open

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