Through the generosity of our amazing Friends of the Library, I had the good fortune to attend the annual American Library Association conference at the beginning of July. This year’s program took place in Las Vegas and I participated in a variety of programs, including makerspaces, public speaking, childrens/teens apps and data driven marketing. I picked up many signed copies of books to add to the collection, plus lots of ideas for future programs to implement with our staff.
Did you know…
- A 2012 poll conducted for the American Library Association found that 94% of respondents agreed that public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed because they provide free access to materials and resources.
- There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the US—a total of 16,766 including branches.
- Americans spend nearly three times as much on candy as they do on public libraries.
- Americans go to school, public and academic libraries more often than they go to the movies.
From: ALA’s Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries
Karen Jensen, Library Director