The Weber County libraries are valuable community assets in the modern information age. When information comes in many forms, our local library is essential for any modern, thriving community. The psudo-wise predictors of the future who claim that books are obsolete; libraries are unnecessary and all the information that a citizen needs can be found on a smart phone, need to discover that our modern libraries are not just quiet rooms with rows of bookshelves anymore. In fact, library usage in Weber County has been growing about 9 percent per year over the last decade. As Kindles, iPads, DVD players, smart phones, and Internet databases proliferate, the Weber County Library system has adapted to the new technology. Routine tasks such as check-in and check-out have been automated and many different forms of media are in circulation.
Professional librarians are now freed from routine tasks to provide personal, individual service to patrons and to help with their portable devices. They have the skills to help people obtain the information they want, in whatever format it is found: ebook, audiobook, CD, DVD, Internet databases, inter-library loans, film, microfilm, photographs, periodicals or books.
For people who don't have Internet devices at home, the library brings them into the modern, digital world where they can have access to lists of job openings and applications, tax information, government forms, and computer literacy classes and much more. For people who have basic Internet access at home, the library extends some services directly to their homes. For example, the library catalog of the entire collection is online.
Our library reflects our shared community values. By supporting our library system, we show the world that we embrace the new technology of the information age and we encourage our children to read and be ready for their future. We ensure that Weber County is prepared for a prosperous future and for growth and development of modern businesses.
Vote "yes" in the library bond election.