Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Letters to the Editor

April 13, 2012

Library features touted

Knoxville —  

In response to your opinion shared last week regarding the library expansion project, we would like to take the opportunity to speak to the citizens of Knoxville and beyond regarding the great need we see for this project.  First, a few facts.  

The original library was built in 1912, and this year we celebrate its 100th birthday.  Over 100 years ago the citizens of Knoxville, seeing the community’s bright future, worked diligently to obtain funding and obtained it through a generous grant of $10,000 by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Through the additional hard work and generosity of many Knoxville citizens, a beautiful addition was added in 1989. 

In the past 20 years, circulation has nearly tripled, annual visits have more than tripled, registered users have nearly doubled, program participation has nearly tripled, and children registered for the summer program has more than doubled.  Meeting room use has increased over 17 times, and during that time we went from no computers to seven, with over 12,000 sign-ins for Internet use in the past year. 

The library also provides downloadable e-books and audio-books as well as tens of thousands of books, periodicals, and other reference materials. Estimates are that we serve 10,667 people from all over Marion County and beyond.  

When the Internet first emerged, some people suggested that libraries would become less important, and perhaps not be needed in the future. Those predictions proved to be as correct as those of prognosticators in the 1950s who said that there would be no automobiles in the 21st century because we would all use personal flying machines.  

As a matter of fact, libraries have become even more important in the age of the Internet, given the training that they provide as well as increasingly critical services provided by highly trained library personnel.  As the Internet is a wonderful tool, libraries have embraced it. 

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