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28 days to love your library

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The public libraries in Delta County are in high demand. From the child attending weekly storytimes to the elder having books delivered to a care center, the libraries reach so many people in so many different ways.

As of January 2018, there are 8,605 active library users in Delta County, up by 674 at the same time last year. Library users checked out over 126,000 print items, nearly 85,000 movies and over 20,000 e-materials in 2017. The libraries offered nearly 1,100 programs attracting over 27,000 people. These usage numbers are very telling of a healthy active library district and a community that benefits from its services.

February is a great time for those library users to show their love and support for the libraries and library staff that have made a difference in their lives.

"There are so many ways that the community can get involved and make a difference," says Lea Hart, district director of Delta County Libraries. "During Library Lovers Month, we would like to highlight all of the ways our patrons, supporters, and friends are already showing their support, and also to encourage more people to get involved."

Each day in February represents a way that patrons can take action and show support for the libraries. Day one of the 28-day countdown started simply with "Visit Your Library." "Our libraries remain vital and valuable because of the people that walk in the door," says Hart. "The first and most important thing that the community can do in support of the libraries is use them."

Other days in the countdown encourage people to join a local library friends group, volunteer, check out a book, attend a program, make a donation, get a library card, use the online library and spread the word to others.

"Library advocates are essential in helping us engage new users," states Hart. "Introduce a neighbor to what the libraries have to offer, bring a friend to a library program, or help someone get their first library card."

The final day of the 28-day countdown is a one-time countywide fine forgiveness day that will clear overdue fines for all patrons. "In 2018, fine forgiveness marks the end of Love Your Libraries month and serves as an invitation to a fresh start and a new relationship with many library patrons moving forward," explains Hart.

To learn more about Love Your Libraries month, fine forgiveness day, or to participate in the 28-day countdown, visit your local library, www.deltalibraries.org, or www.facebook.com/deltalibraries/.

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