Kudos to Jervis Public Library, its patrons, volunteers and to the dozens of generous donors who help the library remain a bustling community treasure.
The library, under the direction of Executive Director Lisa Matte, her dedicated staff and a forward-thinking Board of Trustees, has continued to thrive. While many may have believed that the age of the internet and ever-tightening government budgets would spell an end to our public libraries, nothing could be further from the truth,
particularly when it comes to Jervis.
By adapting to the new technologies,
tailoring programs to meet the specific needs of its demographics and through an exemplary community outreach program, Jervis continues to see expansive growth in use. It’s circulation figures continue to grow each year as does use of its burgeoning e-services. Jervis plays an essential role in the community by providing educational resources —most of them free — from books to internet access to other programs and services.
Individuals and families, regardless of socioeconomic status, can rely on Jervis for access to the resources they need — or help in finding them in those rare occurrences when Jervis doesn’t have them.
According to the American Library Association, librarians across the country answer more than 6 million questions a week, ranging the gamut from where to find the latest Richard North Patterson novel to help accessing government forms. Jervis also plays a unique role in assisting new Americans. All politics aside, Jervis and its staff provide an essential link to the area’s refugee and immigrant population, providing the tools and access for individuals and families across the globe, helping to ease their assimilation into the region.
At Jervis, Americans new and old, can also find important links to our region’s past. The library’s stewardship of John B. Jervis’s homestead is impressive, but its stewardship of his legacy — with its love of learning and community — is perhaps even more impressive.
Whether you’re a family looking for a toddler story time, a job-seeker looking for skills, a taxpayer seeking paper forms, or an avid reader in search of a good end-of-summer read, Jervis likely has what you need — for free. Check it out.