Into the Future

“Libraries own early childhood.” I heard this remark while attending a talk on the future of libraries hosted by the Ontario City Library. Garry GImageolden, the motivational futurist and speaker complimented the library community on the success of early childhood related programming across the nation.  He could have been talking about the Grace Mellman Community Library Youth Services crew.  They host seven weekly story times, monthly events such as Crafternoons, Family Movie Nights, and Dog Day Afternoons which demonstrates that the children of the Temecula Valley are loved, educated, and inspired.

As I listened to Mr. Golden discuss the future of libraries and how the scope of services may be changing, I felt a sense of pride in knowing that the staff at the Grace Mellman Community Library has already caught a glimpse of the future and are moving toward it.  The Adult Services team provides insightful responses to everyday questions regarding the uses and functions of new technology and how the library collection facilitates learning in contemporary ways. The Circulation staff members constantly strive to be sure the most sought-after titles are readily available, and encourage patrons to utilize the digital materials available to library card holders. The calendar is full of programs that teach computer skills, crafting, and wellness techniques that encourage Baby Boomers to stay engaged in activities that will help them age in positive ways.

Recently, I have been pondering what else we can do and that brings to mind the support of the Friends of the Temecula Libraries and how willing they are to partner with us as we move forward in the services we are able to offer our community. It is not enough to be relevant; we must continue to be a vital and contributing force in our county.

Article originally published in the Friends of The Temecula Libraries Newsletter.
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