相关知识点： 本次活动获奖同学： 1 小丫 2 水草。
3.图书馆能够积极理解和响应社区的需要， 图书馆不仅提供书籍和信息，他们也会提供针对社区需要的特殊资料，比如说一些抗灾资料 图书馆管理员可以作为社区与政府和社会的沟通桥梁，帮助解决这些需求。
digital revolution 网络科技的迅猛发展
a gadget enamored society 迷恋小电子设备的社会
community center 社区活动中心
technologically mediated life 科技主导的生活
add value to 增加价值
build communities 社区建设
champion the cultural lives of communities 力挺社区文化生活
revitalize the area 使一个地方重新充满活力
bring people together 把人们聚到一起
create economic opportunities 创造经济机会
recognize local needs 发现意识到当地的需求
interact on a daily basis with members of society 和社会成员每天接触
address these needs 解决需要
first language 母语
integrate non-English speaker into society 帮助非英语母语的人融入到社会
new immigrants 新移民
free tutoring 免费辅导
academic performance 学习成绩
afford private tutorage 负担的起私人辅导
life skills/ essential skills生活技能
give young adults a positive work experience 给年轻人一个好的工作经验
child development 小孩的成长
engage with the world and their peers 与世界和同龄人建立起紧密关系
educate future generations 教育下一代
foster thoughtful communities 培养大家可以相互体谅的社区
pursue a career as... 从事...职业生涯
support local cultures in innovative ways 以创新和方式支持本土文化
esteemed educational establishments有声望的教育机构
many people believe libraries to be a thing of the past due to the digital revolution and the rise of a gadget enamored society. The role of libraries as community centers is often undervalued leading to shrinking budgets and sometimes even closure. However, the increase of technologically mediated life is perhaps the reason why public libraries are important institutions for bringing together communities and providing a safe place in which individuals can gather to interact, learn and explore. Here are a few of the ways in which libraries add value to our communities.
Libraries Help Build Communities
The placement of a library in a struggling or depressed neighborhood can help to revitalize the area – libraries are a great way to bring large numbers of people together and they also create economic opportunities for businesses and organizations. Libraries aren’t just about books and information; they can also provide special collections which have developed from specific community needs. Some libraries, such as the Oakland Public Library, have provided communities with tools after disasters have destroyed a neighborhood which goes to show how locally responsive a community-centered library can be.
Librarians are often the first to recognize local needs because they interact on a daily basis with members of society and understand their communities firsthand. Therefore it is often libraries that bring social needs to the attention of the community and partner with local governments and social agencies to help address these needs. As well as learning the essential skills and knowledge required, aspiring future librarians doing library science masters will also learn how to champion the cultural lives of communities and society.
Libraries Can be Community Centers for Diverse Populations
There are myriad communities across the country that are made up of individuals and families for whom English isn’t their first language and this can sometimes be a barrier in daily life. However, the majority of public libraries help integrate non-English speakers into society by providing books in other languages, hiring librarians who are multilingual or offering bilingual book clubs. Libraries can offer new immigrants and their families a chance to connect with, and find helpful information about, their new communities including citizenship information and English classes.
Libraries are Champions of Youth
Libraries offer a whole host of programs from free tutoring, help with homework and annual summer reading programs for young children and teenagers to help them with their academic performance and aid parents who cannot afford private tutorage. Teen advisory boards and volunteer programs are essential in teaching teenagers important life skills with libraries like the Brooklyn Public Library offering a Multicultural Internship Program which gives young adults a positive work experience.
Libraries can be valuable partners in helping parents with child development through their provision of collections, programs and services which allow children to learn, explore and engage with the world and their peers. If the idea of educating future generations and fostering thoughtful communities inspires you to pursue a career as a librarian then there are numerous online library science programs available at many esteemed educational establishments including the University of Southern California.
From small public libraries to the larger city institutions, libraries across the country are showing their value in society by building communities and supporting local cultures in innovative and impressive ways.
Some people think that government should establish free libraries in each town. Others believe that it is a waste of money since people can access the Internet to obtain information. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.