For Immediate Release
Terri Crawford, Deputy Director
Lee County Library System
Lee County Libraries celebrate popularity during National Library Week April 14-20
Lee County Libraries are more popular than the most frequented attractions in Lee County!
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, April 1, 2014 – –This week, the Lee County Library System joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and re-engage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. Locally the libraries are so popular they have more visits than the most popular Southwest Florida Attractions! As reported in the February issue of Gulfshore Business Magazine the top three attractions in Southwest Florida are Seminole Casino – annual attendance - 2,028,969; Fisherman’s Village - 1,500,000; Everglades National Park - 934,351. Visits to the Lee Library System totaled 2,804,287 in fiscal year 2012-2013.
The Lee County librarians work with elected officials, small-business owners, students and the public at large to discover the community’s needs and emerging trends. Whether through offering e-books, digital magazines, technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, Lee County librarians listen and respond.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library system,” said Sheldon Kaye, Library System Director. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”
The Lee County Library System serves Lee County with books, downloadable e-books, digital content, Books-by-Mail, a bookmobile, e-sources, music and films, programs and meeting space. Don’t have a Lee County Library System library card? Getting one is free and easy. Visit leelibrary.net to apply online, or stop by any branch. Information about Lee County Library System is available for your convenience 24/7 at leelibrary.net where you can find out about library services, programs, locations, view an online events calendar or place a hold on library items. Telephone Reference is available at 239-479-info(4636).
About the Lee County Library System
The Lee County Library System strengthens the community by informing and enriching individuals; ensures equal and open access; defends intellectual freedom and the right to privacy; ensures that an individual’s economic status does not deter library use; commits to meeting customers’ needs; fosters a climate of mutual respect and trust; values and supports individual initiative; promotes cooperation, collaboration and connections; promotes lifelong reading; practices financial accountability and supports Lee County’s vision, mission and values.