AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[MA] Amesbury Library Renovation
Letter: What a renovated library means to Amesbury
The foundation of democracy is free access to information. The Amesbury Public Library provides that access through programs and resources that educate, inform, enrich and entertain every member of our community. Local citizens flock to our library to take advantage of its collection of periodicals, books, audio-visual media and computer-based resources. The Amesbury Public Library fosters and sustains reading skills and interests, beginning with our youngest children. Our children are encouraged to develop an interest in reading and learning through strong programs for themselves and their parents. Importance is placed on stimulating young adult interest through an appreciation for reading and learning through programs and services.
The Amesbury library serves as a helpful reference center for learning and problem solving, stimulating lifelong use by all Amesbury residents by providing an incredible range of opportunities for intellectual stimulation and cultural enrichment. The library actively cooperates with other agencies in support of the literacy needs of all ages. This is accomplished by collecting, organizing and disseminating information in a variety of formats to serve the diverse needs of the community. The Amesbury library plays an active role in the cultural, artistic, and intellectual life of our town. Through our programs and services, we explore and celebrate our community's heritage and the uniqueness of our region. Visitors from out of town come to use the resources of our Historical Genealogy Department.
However, the time has come. The building has reached its capacity. Space has run out for books, computer workstations, patrons and staff. It is now necessary to construct a major addition to accommodate the steadily increasing collections and demands for service. The proposed library expansion assumes continued growth in print collections and traditional library resources, alongside equally strong growth in digital resources. It is important to note that technology has supplemented - not supplanted - traditional materials and services. [continue]