The Importance of Libraries

The Importance of Libraries

A library is more than just a building that holds books. It is a central place for the development and growth of a community. Libraries provide programs and services which a community is able to connect with each other and flourish. These programs and services are mostly free but, some might need a small fee or a library card to be able to be used. People of all types of backgrounds and education have been impacted by using a library and its programs and services. These programs and services are constantly evolving as the community grows. There are many opportunities libraries have that can impact people’s lives in a positive way.

Libraries are the cultural centers of our communities. They provide a wide range of information in one place; from historical documents to modern works of literature. They offer many programs and services that all generations of community members can participate in. These programs include reading groups, play time, and clubs. In addition to the year round programs, the library also hosts a Community Lunch Program and a summer reading program for every age group. All of the programs are free to any community member, but to gain access to all of the services the library offers, one must sign up for a free library card. These services include access to the computers, office supplies, and meeting rooms. A library card is not limited to just a library, it allows access to the online catalog that connects other libraries. One can also borrow books from a library across the nation that is linked with its local library.

Libraries have affected everyone who uses them. Many students prefer going to the library to do their homework because the library is so quiet that they can focus without any distractions and there are many resources provided for their projects and essays. They also use libraries as places to meet up and hang out with their friends and peers. Libraries are important to immigrants because they provide many services for anyone who is unable to purchase them. Immigrants are also able to look up information about citizenship classes and more at the notice board. Community members use the library as a center of learning and culture. They also use the many programs a library offers as a way to connect with other members and have fun. Many people say that libraries are the “people’s universities” for they provide information and programs that anyone can use for free.

Libraries are constantly growing and evolving as technology improves. They provide new ways to borrow books through programs like Hoopla and the Inter-Library Loan or ILLiad for short. Hoopla is an app that a library card holder can register and gain access to an online collection of books, music, and TV Shows. Just like a normal library, the downloads are available for free but have a due date in which they expire. Hoopla is the next generation of libraries where technology intertwines with library collections. The ILLiad is another library service that links the user to all of the libraries in the nation Through ILLiad a person can borrow a specific title which their library may not have but can be found at a library that is participating in the program. Any requested titles are shipped directly to the person’s home address, and he can send the materials back in the same manner. In addition, there are more ways to contact the librarians instantly through E-mail or text messaging. They’ve also added “Suggest-a-title”, a service in which one can ask the library committee to buy a specific title for their library. Libraries are also expanding and changing with the community. The collections and programs may alter as the needs change or they may separate into library branches to continue serving the ever expanding community.  Technology has changed the face of libraries and its future is never-ending.

The programs and services libraries offer are proof that libraries play an important role in our communities. Libraries are essential for they provide a cultural center to their community. People are able to borrow a wide selection of materials from the library for free. Most of the services and programs offered are free or require a small fee, but all access is granted with a free library card. Community members can participate in any of the programs their libraries offer. As a high school student, I use my library to help me with my homework, to connect with my peers, or to discover something new. Libraries are constantly growing and changing, not only because of the expanding communities, but because they are taking advantage of the advances in technology and ensuring that they are never outdated.

For more information, click the links below:

Do We Really Need Libraries?

Why We Need Libraries in the Digital Age

16 Reasons Why Libraries and Librarians Are Still Extremely Important

Community Centered: 23 Reasons Why Your Library Is the Most Important Place in Town

White Fang

White Fang

Hi there, Chocokitten123 here and welcome back to Book Review. Today I am going to be talking about White Fang. White Fang is about a red colored wolf who is part wolf part dog and is very strong. One day the She-Wolf, the red wolf, was with her pack and they split up in till there was just four wolves left, but then One eye, She-Wolf’s husband, killed the two other wolves and then it was just She-Wolf and One eye left. They settled in a little cave and She-Wolf had five cubs and one was a little gray cub who was always so curious. Then one year there was not much food left, and then three cubs died so it was just the two cubs left. Then one more cub died, so it was just the little gray wolf cub left. Then, when One eye was hunting, One eye was attacked by a lynx and then the little cub didn’t see his father anymore. One day the cub went out of the den and saw the outside world, he fought a bird, but it got away. Then the She-Wolf and her cub were out hunting and came upon the lynx that killed One eye. Then the two wolves killed the lynx, but She-Wolf was badly hurt. After She-wolf’s wounds healed they were taken to a Indian village and were treated well. Then the two wolves were named, Kiche and White Fang. Then White Fang came a cross a dog named Lip-Lip and he was not really friendly with White Fang and hurts him every time he came to him. Then one day, the Indian village left to there fall grounds and left without White Fang. What do you think will happen to White Fang? Will he find the Indians again or will he be lost in the forest forever? Read the book to find out. Well that’s all for now, I am Chocokitten123 and see you next time on Book review.

Brown vs. The Board of Education

Brown vs. The Board of Education

Hey everyone! AwesomeEwok here and welcome back to Today In History. And today for Today In History I will be talking about Brown vs. The Board of Education. In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down an unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. This historic decision, which brought an end to racial segregation, specifically dealt with Linda Brown, a young African American girl who had been denied admission to her local elementary school in Topeka, Kansas, because of the color of her skin. In 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that “separate but equal” accommodations in railroad cars conformed to the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection. That ruling was used to justify segregating all public facilities, including elementary schools. However, in the case of Linda Brown, the white school she attempted to attend was far superior to her black alternative and miles closer to her home. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) took up Linda’s cause, and in 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka reached the Supreme Court. African American lawyer (and future Supreme Court justice) Thurgood Marshall led Brown’s legal team, and on May 17, 1954, the high court handed down its decision. In an opinion written by Chief Justice Earl Warren, the nation’s highest court ruled that not only was the “separate but equal” doctrine unconstitutional in Linda’s case, it was unconstitutional in all cases because educational segregation stamped an inherent badge of inferiority on African American students. The Brown v. Board of Education decision served to greatly motivate the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and ultimately led to the abolishment of racial segregation in all public facilities and accommodations. Well that’s all for Today In History, I’m AwesomeEwok and remember to yub nub on.

S.H.I.T. Talk

S.H.I.T. Talk

Hi there Chocokitten123 here and welcome back to S.H.I.T. Talk. Today I am going to be interviewing Abraham Lincoln.

Chocokitten123: Hello Mr. Lincoln.

Lincoln: Hello Chocokitten123, how are you?

Chocokitten123: I am fine, and you?

Lincoln: I am doing good.

Chocokitten123: Okay First question, how do you like the 21st century?

Lincoln: I like it very much, there is a treat you have called ice cream and my favorite flavor is chocolate.

Chocokitten123: Ya, I like that one too.

Lincoln: And they have a little pad that you can play games on.

Chocokitten123: You mean a tablet?

Lincoln: Yes, that.

Chocokitten123: Ya, tablets are really fun.

Chocokitten123: Next question, what was your time like?

Lincoln: Well it wasn’t like yours, it was kinda boring and didn’t have devices like yours.

Chocokitten123: Okay?

Chocokitten123: Next question, if you can bring something from my time to yours what would it be?

Lincoln: Hmm…….. tablet!

Chocokitten123: Good choice.

Chocokitten123: Last question, what is your favorite Disney character?

Lincoln: That little alien.

Chocokitten123: You mean Stitch?

Lincoln: Yes

Chocokitten123: I like him too.

Chocokitten123: Well that’s all for now, I am Chocokitten123 and see you next time on S.H.I.T talk.

Lincoln: This is some good ice cream.


Lego City Undercover

Hey everyone! AwesomeEwok here and today I’m gonna tell you about Lego City Undercover. This game is about a police officer named Chase McCain and his mission to hunt down the notorious criminal, Rex Fury. This open-world Lego adventure allows fans and newcomers to explore the sprawling metropolis that is Lego City, with more than 20 unique districts to investigate, filled with car thieves to bust, vehicles to navigate, mischievous aliens to capture, and hundreds of collectibles. Some features of the game are the unique outfits that you can use, each outfit has it’s own skill’s and abilities. Also you can drive over one hundred vehicles on the streets of Lego City. Also you can explore the entire area of Lego City. All of these features form the awesome open world adventure of Lego City Undercover. This game is really awesome and it looks amazing to play. Well that’s all the time I have for today, I’m AwesomeEwok and remember to yub nub on.



The Call Of The Wild

Hi there, Chocokitten123 here and welcome back to Book Review. Today I am going to talk about The Call Of The Wild. The Call Of The Wild is about a dog named Buck who was owned by Judge Miller and Buck had a happy life in Santa Clara Valley. Until, when Miller was at a meeting and his sons were at a club, Miller’s gardener, Manuel, kidnapped Buck and took him to a train station were Manuel sold Buck to a strange man and took him on the train. Buck did not like the man, when ever he tried to attack him he pulls the rope on Buck and chokes Buck, and through out the trip Buck didn’t eat or drink. Then they finally reached their last stop and Buck was angry, and then a man in a red sweater let out Buck, then the man started hitting Buck with a club and then Buck lad on the ground and was whimpering in pain. The man gave the injured dog some food and water, then they went for a walk and a man named Perrault saw Buck and bought him for $1,000 dollars for his dog sled team so then he can reach Skagway to get gold. Perrault had another dog named Curly, and the two dogs got along swell, they meet two other dogs, Spitz and Dave. Then, when the men were setting up camp, Curly got into a fight with a husky and lost. The name of the other dogs in the team are Billee, Joe, Sol-leks, Pike, Dub, Dolly, Teek, and Koona. What do you think will happen to the sled team? Do you think they will make it all the way to Skagway or will they be stuck in the snow? Read it to find out. Well that’s all for now, I’m Chocokitten123 and see you next time on Book Review.

The NASA Apollo Saturn V

Hey everyone! AwesomeEwok here and today I’m gonna tell you about the NASA Apollo Saturn V. This set looks super cool! It also has lots of amazing features, like it detaches in three stages, it contains the Lunar Lander and Lunar Orbiter, it also has three micro figures that are astronauts. This set is super cool and it is also based off the Apollo 11 spacecraft. The Apollo 11 was the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon and return to earth. It was 363 feet tall and 33 feet in diameter, it was as taller than the statue of liberty. This set is 39 inches high and 6 inches in diameter. This set has a collection of very unique pieces that form this magnificent spacecraft. It is an awesome Lego set and it looks really cool to have. Well that’s all the time I have for today, I’m AwesomeEwok and remember to yub nub on!

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Hi there, Chocokitten123 here and welcome back to Create Like the Greats. Today I am going to talk about Pablo Picasso. Pablo was born in Málaga, Spain, in 1881, Pablo Picasso, became one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century and the creator (with Georges Braque) of Cubism. A Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer. Picasso was considered radical in his work. After a long prolific career, he died on April 8, 1973, in Mougins, France. The enormous body of Picasso’s work remains, however, and the legend lives on—a tribute to the vitality of the “disquieting” Spaniard with the “sombrepiercing” eyes who superstitiously believed that work would keep him alive. His art is amazing and awesome and I wish to grow up to be just like him. Well thats all for now see you next time on Create Like the Greats!