ALEXANDRIA, VA – Access to information, public disclosure, deliberation, civic engagement and the opportunity for everyone to have a better tomorrow – these are the ideals that many great countries hold true. Public libraries uphold these ideals and values, helping citizens to be better informed, providing assistance in separating fact from fiction and affording education and skill development for everyone. Alexandria Library is participating in a national campaign sponsored by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) that celebrates the important role that libraries play in our strong democracy. The community can learn more about the campaign by following @alexlibraryva and @UrbanLibrariesCouncil and joining the conversation at #LifeLibertyLibraries.
“We understand the importance of the positive impact we make on our community and hope this national campaign sheds light on how critical each library is to its users,” said Rose T. Dawson, Alexandria Library Executive Director.
Libraries across the country have developed unique programs, services and operating practices that address specific needs in their community. These programs include organizing and contributing to discussions that address topics such as a civil society, inclusion and tolerance, tenets of democracy and civic engagement. An example is our partnership with the For Love of Country Foundation and its Annual Essay and Poetry Contest, now in its third year at Alexandria Library. The partnership encourages rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders – in Alexandria, VA – to write an essay or poem related to democracy and democratic principles. ULC will share information on programs like these as well as thought starters through social media channels and #LifeLibertyLibraries to encourage participation, conversation and engagement.
“Libraries are the people’s university, helping each other grow and prosper personally and professionally. It’s a vital community resource that portrays our principals and beliefs,” said Susan Benton, ULC President and CEO. “Libraries provide us the ability to make ourselves, our families, our communities and our nation stronger. It’s a place where everyone can celebrate their valuehttp://alexlibraryva.orgs and become better informed citizens while reflecting on their independent thoughts, their aspirations and their future.”