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Quincy Public Library Transformed to Respond to Community Needs

April 05, 2018 8:14 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

Times have changed.  Bell bottoms went out in the 60s.  We get our news from a variety of sources these days. And who has a land line phone anymore?

So why would you assume that your public library is the same place you visited as a child?

As society has changed, public libraries have also transformed to provide for the needs of their communities.  Quincy Public Library has transformed over the years to provide the services that Quincy residents want.

Gone are the days when talkers were chastised by bun-wearing librarians hissing “Shhh!” 

Visit Quincy Public Library now, and you’ll find a vibrant community resource with events, material, and programs for all age groups.

Looking for a quiet place to study?  QPL has that, with meeting rooms and study rooms available for reservation.  Need wi-fi, or even a computer? Use ours!  And of course, QPL has a variety of story times to help kids enjoy books and reading.

Can’t make it to the library?  No problem!  QPL makes it convenient with 24/7 locker delivery and digital material, available from any location, with your valid QPL card.

These are just some of the services provided these days by Quincy Public Library.  Visit the website, quincylibrary.org, or stop in to the building at 526 Jersey to learn the full scope of programs available to you.

QPL underwent a major expansion and remodel in 2012, which allowed the library to allocate space to popular areas and community-requested resources.

Nationally, library usage has increased over the last few years, as people transitioned from simply transacting book checkouts to include more activities, including public use computers and study rooms.  Use of the facilities at Quincy Public follows the same trend.

“The library is no longer defined by the number of books it has on its shelves, but rather it is now about being a living space for the users,” explained Mogens Vestergaard  in the Princh blog “Modern Libraries.”  “Today, people are more focused on learning activities and they want social interaction together with the possibility to share their knowledge with others. The library transforms in to a meeting place.”

Libraries also help serve their communities by providing opportunities for lifelong learning.

Study after study has shown the value of library programs in encouraging children to read.  Children who  are read to and who read start a cavalcade of positive lifetime results, from better performance in school, to higher high school graduation rates, better success in college, and greater opportunity within the workforce.

 Comedian Paula Poundstone summed it up, “The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy, and community.”

So come on in! Check out QPL.  Get your library card and start enjoying the benefits a transformed library can bring to you.

The mission of the Quincy Public Library is to provide its patrons with materials, facilities and programs to meet lifelong learning, cultural and recreational needs.

For more information on library services, visit quincylibrary.org, or stop in to 526 Jersey, and let us show you around!


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