Archive for Thursday, March 9, 2006

Library expansion in works

March 9, 2006

Our Lansing Community Library will mark another milestone this week with the first meeting regarding the City Hall expansion. Our new library will be in the lower level of the new addition.

Our little library at the Activity Center is busting at the seams. We have managed to squeeze almost 30,000 items into our collection of books, videos, audio books, DVDs, and magazines.

The building at 108 S. Second St. has served us well. Research indicates that public libraries increase the economic value of a community by their capacity to draw businesses, homebuyers, tourists and others to the area. Whenever we travel, we use the local library computer to access our e-mail.

According to information from the Kansas State Library in Topeka, libraries in Kansas have a return of $7.25 for every dollar of local tax support, and that number does not include incalculable value of our children's programs, Internet resources or information and research services. Kansans without access to the Internet in their home, school or office rely on our public libraries to connect to the world.

Kansas Public Libraries provide more Internet terminals per 5,000 residents than the national or surrounding state average.

Everyone should have a free Kansas Library Card to access research databases. These cards can be obtained at your local library and must be validated and updated annually.

Your name, date of birth and Kansas Library PIN are the only personal information kept on the Kansas Library Card computer.

The benefits of this card would be the ability to access the following databases from your home or from any computer in the country: Custom Newspapers, FirstSearch, Heritage Quest, InfoTrac, Literature Research Center, NetLibrary e-Books, OverDrive audio books and music, Proquest Nursing Journal, SIRS Discoverer Delux (for grades K-12) and WorldBook.

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