Libraries remain pertinent, vital today

One of the true gems we take for granted in this country is the public library.

The proliferation of the Internet has caused us to turn to our phones when we have a question, as opposed to running over to look through “the stacks” at libraries. Digital music and e-books available at the touch of our fingers have taken that trip out of the equation. And schools have placed a greater emphasis on technology than ever before, which can create an atmosphere where kids just don’t think of the library as the valuable tool they used to years ago.

That being said, it’s not like libraries are closing their doors all around us.

On the contrary, they have adapted to the times. Look around this community, alone, as many libraries in Sussex County have gotten complete makeovers over recent years. They have brought access to the Internet for those who might not have it at home. They have begun handling e-books to help people get access to the digital books they wish to read on the go. And they have placed an emphasis on creating an atmosphere that is friendly to groups holding meetings.

The libraries also haven’t thrown up the white flag as far as the younger generations. All of them offer reading programs and other entertianment to keep children coming through the doors, and, hopefully, keeping them as lifetime customers.

We have two stories this week that focus on activities being held at local libraries. One focuses on free job search workshops at South Coastal Library, sponsored by the Job Center @ Delaware Libraries. These workshops are completely free, and no registration is required to participate.

There will also be a series of free healthcare information and enrollment sessions at local libraries, to help people register for open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act by the March 31 deadline. Experts from the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care will be on hand during all these sessions to answer questions and provide guidance to those interested.

Those libraries are still pertinent. Take advantage of them.