It's Library Week in Missouri. Book It!
It's true. Governor Jay Nixon issued a proclamation in March recognizing this week as a time to pay tribute to Missouri's libraries. (And some people accuse him of being a do-nothin' gubnor!)
So? Don't just don't sit there -- slack-jawed and dazed -- by this news. Get yourself to the nearest library. Enjoy. Check out a book. You deserve it.
Continue on to read a news release from Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan on Library Week. It's Daily RFT's "Press Release o' the Day."
Carnahan Encourages Missourians to Celebrate Library Week
Jefferson City, Missouri - Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today encouraged Missourians to visit their library during the week of April 11-17th, which was recently declared Missouri Library Week by Governor Nixon.
On average, more than 75,000 people visit a Missouri public library each day. Almost all Missouri libraries offer free internet access, and many provide specific job training classes.
"Missourians are blessed to have a strong network of public libraries throughout the state, which provide not only books but new opportunities," Carnahan said. "Services and programs offered by local libraries help Missourians spend time with their families, learn new skills, and even search for jobs."
The State Library, a division of Carnahan's office, supports libraries across Missouri with grants to purchase or update technology. This fiscal year, the Missouri State Library has approved a total of 74 grant applications that have distributed $681,927 in awards to libraries.
More historic images of Missouri libraries are available online as part of the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative.