The Impact of Libraries on the School Community

This year’s National Library Week theme was Libraries = Strong Communities. At MDR we are awed by the immense impact that libraries have in our communities and how their influence goes well beyond library doors.

A Pew Research Center study from 2016 showed that more than 90% of Americans consider the library “very” or “somewhat” important to their community. It would be difficult to name another public institution that gets that much love! Andrew Carnegie, a great endower of libraries, felt the same way: “A library,” he wrote, “outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never-failing spring in the desert.”

The Library Market Today

There are more than 9,000 public main libraries in the United States, with 44,000 public librarians. Public libraries are developing an innovative