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Posted on: July 14, 2020

Books Are Just The Beginning

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About the Red Oak Library

Red Oak Leadership knows the value of community services, and Red Oak residents appreciate their importance as well. But in an increasingly digital world, the role of libraries as community and cultural centers at times are undervalued, and occasionally under fire. When shrinking municipal budgets combine with the nonstop technological revolution, public library services that focus on building community face-to-face, inspiring and educating patrons about art, literature, and music, and helping patrons engage in civil discourse can seem quaint. But it is precisely those shrinking budgets and the onslaught of technologically mediated life that make public libraries’ cultural and community offerings more important than ever.

The Red Oak Public Library offers countless services to it’s patrons and books are just the beginning. The Library is responsible for the planning and provision of library services. Library resources are made easily accessible to the community in a variety of formats including print, media, and electronic. The Library participates in cooperative regional services and resource-sharing to meet the needs of all residents in the area.

Red Oak community leaders see the Library as more than just books and banks of computers, they still see them as places where individuals gather to explore, interact, and imagine. Some of the specific ways in which the Red Oak Library adds value to the community and serve as a cultural centers for our patrons. 

  • It offers free educational resources to everyone: At the library, resources are free of charge, including books, internet access, and educational and professional training programs.
  • It helps boost local economy: It provides a work space for telecommuters, supply free internet access for people looking for employment opportunities, and offer job and interview training for those in need.
  • The Library plays an important role in English language learning: The Library provides language learners with the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new language, whether it be through periodicals, books, audiobooks, or resources online.
  • The Library makes the community healthier: The Library provides important equal access opportunities to those seeking health information and services.
  • It preserves history, and more importantly, truth: By providing free access to educational, news, and historical resources, the Library helps keep residents informed with facts, rather than just with fiction
  • The Library help connect communities: The Library pools local resources — from educational offerings to job training to homeless outreach to ESL learning — and put them all under one welcoming roof for everyone to share

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The Red Oak Library truly is a remarkable place, and in today’s world, we need them now more than ever. Find out more about the Red Oak Library here.

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