“Libraries = Strong Communities” is the theme for this year’s National Library Week. From April 7-13, libraries and library patrons across the nation will join together and celebrate all the strong communities they have helped build.
It is a coincidence that your library board just approved a new mission statement that reflects this year’s National Library Week theme. The new mission statement is, “to advance literacy, inspire lifelong learning, and strengthen our community by serving everyone in Ouachita Parish.”
When I think back on the past 103 years of free, public library service in Ouachita Parish, I do not think of the books that were read, but rather the people who read them. I think of how libraries have evolved from houses of books to houses of information. I think of the programs the library has provided to the people of Ouachita Parish who want to learn and improve their lives, and for those who just simply want to have fun.
It is my belief that the Ouachita Parish Public Library has strengthened this community, and it is my goal that it will continue to stimulate, unite and build the parish. Your library is here to serve you. If you have a question, we will find the answer. If you have an idea, we will provide access to inspiration. If you have a need, we will connect you to the right resources. If you want to strengthen our community, we will join with you.
Celebrate National Library Week from April 7-13 by visiting the library and telling others why your library is so important to you. I appreciate you. I appreciate your love of libraries. Thank you for sharing our vision of building a strong community.
About the Ouachita Parish Public Library
The mission of the library is to advance literacy, inspire lifelong learning, and strengthen our community by serving everyone in Ouachita Parish. The library serves a diverse community of approximately 160,000 people. The library has 10 branches throughout the parish, plus a bookmobile, outreach services and e-services online at www.oplib.org.