78% of Americans want libraries to teach people, including kids and senior citizens, how to use digital tools such as computers, smartphones and apps*. In Massachusetts, our libraries do just that, but we don’t stop there. Libraries offer programming and resources that help people improve their health and financial literacy, learn a new language, complete their GED, explore their ancestry, or learn a new skill like bee-keeping, creative writing or coding. People go to their libraries to hear authors speak, view local art, be part of a book group or attend a concert. Technology changes, our interests and needs change. What doesn’t change is the role our libraries play in making those changes possible.
*PEW: Libraries at the Crossroads