Senator Chuck Wiger: Libraries Matter
“The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.”- Albert Einstein
Libraries are a vital part of our community.
As you know, libraries have expanded beyond their original mission of lending books to patrons. Our libraries now have available:
- DVDs, CDs and audio books
- Computers and printers
- Genealogy research opportunities (trace your family tree)
- Wifi access
- Scores of magazines and newspapers
- Children’s play area with books, toys and puppets
- Story time for kids
- Meeting rooms
- Book clubs
- Local art
I am always impressed at the number of people who are in my local library taking advantage of this wonderful community asset.
Librarians are extraordinarily helpful. They help you connect with:
- child care resources
- job placement opportunities
- income tax advice
- University of Minnesota extension courses
- College searches
Libraries also can build capacity for local businesses. They contain important information for employers, job seekers and consumers. They also play a crucial “think tank” role for local start-up businesses and community development advocates.
For consumers, they provide up-to-date information about the best businesses to patronize in the area.
The library buildings themselves are wonderful places. Modern and airy, they are comfortable places to spend time. Many are also surrounded by attractive trails for exercise and contemplation.
The Twin Cities seven-county metro area is lucky to be home to more than 100 public libraries that work together to bring the best library services and programs to you. Below is a listing of our local libraries:
- Ramsey County Library (RCL) – White Bear Lake; 4698 Clark Avenue. http://www.rclreads.org/about/locations/rcl-white-bear-lake
- RCL – Maplewood; 3025 Southlawn Drive.
- Oakdale Library; 1010 Heron Avenue North. http://www.co.washington.mn.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/3
- RCL – North St. Paul; 2300 North St. Paul Drive. http://www.rclreads.org/about/locations/rcl-north-st-paul
- Wildwood Branch – Wildwood Branch, 763 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi
Your library card is a passport to a host of other reference and research opportunities, including the James J. Hill Reference Library in downtown St. Paul.
In addition to our wonderful librarians and media specialists, also thank the members of the citizen boards that advise the libraries. These folks continue to give selflessly of their time and talent.
As always, please contact me with questions or suggestions regarding any issue. I encourage you to visit me at the Minnesota Senate Building, Room 2219. And be sure to visit our newly-restored Capitol. It is spectacular! Let me know if you would like me to stop by your home or apartment. I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by phone at 651-296-6820, or 651-770-0283.