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Are libraries still relevant?

In a 2016 survey conducted by the PEW Research Center, 77% of Americans age 16 and older think libraries provide them with the resources they need. This is especially true for young people: 84% of those between the ages of 16 and 29 say this. In the last ten years, demand for service in our own district has grown. Circulation has increased by 219% and program attendance has increased by 166%.

Libraries remain relevant as training centers for computer and technology skills, literacy centers for adults and children, workspaces for students and business people, access points for Internet service, meeting spaces for people with like interests, and technology experts to help seniors navigate the rapidly changing digital world.

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