Words from Wiger: Libraries rock!


MN State Senator Chuck Wiger, District 43

“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

• Geneology research opportunities to 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

• Guest speakers

• Local art

I live near the Maplewood Library and visit there often. I am always impressed at the number of people who visit my local library, taking advantage of this wonderful community asset.

The library appeals to people of all ages. Pre-school children play in the colorful kids’ area, teens gather in the area set aside for them, job seekers use the computers and seniors and others read in the comfortable chairs of the sunny sitting area.

Librarians are extraordinarily helpful. They help connect people with child care resources, job placement opportunities, income tax advice, University of Minnesota extension courses and 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:

 

White Bear Lake Library - 4698 Clark Ave.; www.rclreads.org/about/locations/rcl-white-bear-lake

Maplewood Library - 3025 Southlawn Drive; www.rclreads.org/about/locations/rcl-maplewood

Oakdale Library - 1010 Heron Ave. N.; www.co.washington.mn.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/3

North St. Paul Library - 2300 North St. Paul Drive; www.rclreads.org/about/locations/rcl-north-st-paul

 Wildwood Library -  763 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi; www.washcolib.org/facilities/Facility/Details/Wildwood-Branch-11

 

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. Let me know if you would like me to stop by your home or apartment. I can be reached by email at sen.chuck.wiger@senate.mn, and by phone at 651-296-6820, or 651-770-0283.

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