April 7 – 13 is National Library Week! This year’s theme is Building Strong Communities, and libraries around the country are using this time to talk about how they do this in their region. At Mid-Continent Public Library, we are proud to support our fellow community members in a variety of different ways every day.
Here are just a few of the ways that MCPL has helped build a stronger community:
- 32 adults have earned high school diplomas and received job training through Career Online High School―available through MCPL―since its launch in 2017.
- 1,431 people attended 78 programs offered by MCPL’s Square One Small Business Services last year. More than 80% of the attendees reported being in the discovery, startup, or growth phase of their business.
- More than 136,313 children and caregivers attended almost 5,000 storytimes last year.
- The Library’s Reading Rocket reached more than 16,350 children last year, providing early literacy services during 185 stops.
- Homebound customers received 24,535 books, DVDs, and other materials last year through MCPL’s Library-By-Mail program.
- To date, more than 100,000 food items have been collected for local food pantries through MCPL’s Food For Fines program, which allows customers to reduce their fines in exchange for donations of nonperishable items.
- Customers logged more than 838,000 public computer and Wi-Fi sessions at MCPL branches to work on job searches, pay bills, conduct research, and more.
How has Mid-Continent Public Library helped you in your life? Share your story with us in the comments below and on social media with the hashtags #LibrariesTransform and #NLW19.
Have a wonderful National Library Week!
-MCPL Marketing & Communications
One of the ways the library has helped me in my life is by introducing me to many great people at the book club that I attend the third Thursdays of the month. After several years of meeting, the people have learned a little bit about myself. They have donated books that I either take or send to the library I began in my hometown in the Philippines.
Another way the library has helped in my life is through their support of summer reading programs. In the past library staff has gone to Boone Elementary to make sure the students are able to participate. Lately since I've taught at Center Middle School, students have been able to access activities on-line. I give my students time to read and log in their hours of reading, which count for the summer reading program. My students and I appreciate that many of the books they have earned are in Spanish. Other books available for students have taught about the cultures that my students represent.
Three years ago when I found myself having to live alone and perplexed by the exigencies of my life, I went to the library three to five times each week. It felt like a community that valued me as a human being. The staff were always so pleasant and helpful. The newspapers, magazines and books provided so much food for thought and pleasure. The generally quiet environment helped me to think, reflect and relax. Periodic conversations with other patrons and staff contributed to a sense of wonder, meaningfulness, perspective, calm and resolution to rehabilitate my life and to be once again a positive contributor to my family and the lives of others. I now cherish what I have. I still go to the library fairly frequently to breathe in its fruit. Thank you.