Exclusion from access to computers and the Internet can have profound repercussions. Those without access are increasingly disadvantaged in today’s digital society, facing challenges in conducting business, accessing health information, gathering research, looking for jobs, completing school assignments, securing government services, and communicating on a day-to-day basis. The Library is a natural partner to level the field of opportunity and ensure digital inclusion for all residents.
“Skills like critical thinking and problem solving are not only relevant for K-12 students and schools. There are millions of adult learners not in formal education programs looking to refine workplace skills. Even school-aged children spend the overwhelming majority of their waking hours in non-school settings, and increasingly they spend this time in organized out-of-school settings such as after school, museum, and library programs. In these settings, they develop important skills— such as problem solving, collaboration, global awareness, and self direction—not only for lifelong learning and everyday activities, but also for use back in K-12 schools and college classrooms.” --- IMLS Museum Libraries and 21st Century Skills
“History comes alive when someone is able to not only read about the past, but is also able to visit the places, examine the artifacts, appreciate the images, and study the actual words. For most people, history starts with simply learning about their family or their community. A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, and economic legacies — all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.” -- Steve Berry, author