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February 3, 2020 · OPINION

Fauquier County libraries “change lives every day”

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By Lawrie Parker

Americans are twice as likely to visit a library as go to a movie theatre or attend a sporting event, according to a recent Gallup poll.

The Fauquier County Public Library board and staff are not surprised. Last year, 218,000 people visited a Fauquier library, an average of 686 per day.

They come, old and young alike, to read to a therapy dog, improve English speaking skills, attend a business seminar, receive help preparing their taxes or homework, apply for a new job, update their driver’s license, research a family tree or study for their GED.

And, yes, they come to check out books, too.

While many know about library resources available to all citizens free of charge — 55 percent of the county’s population has a library card — there are others in the community who do not.

The library board wants all county residents to take advantage of library services. To that end, earlier this year, the library launched the marketing campaign, “Opportunities for All.” The campaign uses Fauquier residents’ compelling stories to illustrate how to get better grades, untangle technology, improve a business or realize a dream by using the library.

These are just a few examples of how Fauquier libraries change lives every day.

So, for those who haven’t visited the library in a while, join your fellow Americans and discover your opportunity to learn, to earn, to connect today.

The writer serves as the Fauquier Public Library Board of Trustees chairman.
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new2diesels · February 8, 2020 at 11:39 am
Our family loves the local libraries! Perfect weekly destination for our toddler and older kids.
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