I have a personal and professional vested interest in the success of libraries and the invaluable service they provide to a community. Libraries are far more than brick and mortar buildings for books. They can be the hub of a community; a place to learn new skills, network with fellow residents, engage children in activities, consume the latest movies, music, games, and so much more.
It seems like every month there is a new list that Cleveland tops (or near tops): the most dangerous, most obese, worst sports team, etc. Well Clevelanders, I have good news. We are finally near the top of an important and positive list: #14 on USA Today’s Most Literate Cities in America based on data that includes the number of bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation, Internet resources, and educational levels. Not only did we make the list, but we received a personal call out from its conductor:
“Cleveland may be a rust-belt city, but it continues to invest in its libraries.”
Did you know that Cleveland public libraries rank #1 in circulation, collections, and staff? It’s one reason (of many, in my opinion) that Cleveland rocks.
If you let your library card expire from your childhood days, dig it out and visit your local library. There are SO many educational and fun services available for adults and children. Here are a few cool and free ones to check out:
Download eBooks, audiobooks, and more
Zinio: Free, popular magazines to read online (Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, US Weekly, and more)
Ed2Go: Free online courses and training programs (writing, technology, design, and more)
What’s your favorite thing about the library?
This post is my personal opinion and does not represent any other party.