Marla from Central Point, Oregon

The library has changed my life in the following ways:  1) It has broaden my horizons and increased my learning.  2) It has given my children a love for books and learning.

I have always been an avid reader since a small child.  I felt it necessary wherever I have lived to always have a library card.  I felt it was more important than a credit card or any other card.  I have had 4 different cards from two states and four different counties. 

I believe that the library are a needful thing in every community because they have such a wealth of information that can be obtained by everyone even those of lesser social standings.  The library is a place that allows you to be an informed consumer, a knowledge person about a lot of topics.

The library is the reason that my children love to read and are excelling at it.  I started taking them to the local library for story times when they were 2 years old.  It is a wonderful program that enhances the learning of toddlers and makes them aware of books.  I believe that reading is the key to learning.  If a child struggles in reading than learning will always be difficult and a burden for them.  If a child learns to read well early on than they can excel.

I believe that libraries are a very needful part of every community and really make a difference in a person's life.