Are Library Users Happier People? – From the Director’s Desk
“A Pew study out Thursday suggests library users tend to be pillars of the community, with good ties to their neighbors and positive lives.” – Time Magazine, March 13, 2014
This information doesn’t surprise me or most librarians. We know that libraries are a community hub, connecting people with information and one another. Libraries provide their users with a sense of connection with their community too. “A sense of connectedness and empowerment in one’s community” is a trait of people who demonstrate higher levels of personal happiness, the Time article goes on to state. I hope that this is true and our users are happy – especially with the services we provide.
The library is also a great place to work. At Cranbury Publi Library I work with an excellent staff and a lot of wonderful volunteers in a very special community. I hope you agree and will join me at the library on Wednesday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m. for refreshments and conversation. The Library Board of Trustees is hosting Thanks to You!, a chance to celebrate everyone that makes the Cranbury Public Library such a special place!
Special thanks are going to Beth Anne Kafasis for 20 year of dedicated service, Kathy Lehr for 10 years, volunteers Lance Machiaverna, GrandPals, SLiC, Friends of the Library, and many others. I hope you’ll join me at the library and get happy.
– Marilynn Mullen
To read the full Time article go to Are Library Users Happier People?