Public libraries are essential to our communities for many different reasons, number one being that they are democratic institutions open to all members of a community. They provide books, digital materials, programming, resources, gathering spaces, and access to technology in a way that no other public institution does. To celebrate this access and to show community members what is available, we encourage you to visit the Marshall-Lyon County Library, 201 C Street in Marshall, MN, this week M-F for a 30-minute tech tour starting at noon.
Libraries large, small, and in-between are essential in promoting and providing digital inclusion. To quote from the Digital Inclusion Survey, “Digital inclusion brings together high-speed internet access, information technologies, and digital literacy in ways that promote success for communities and individuals trying to navigate and participate in the digital realm.” Public libraries are doing this and need to be supported financially by their local government entities to continue this work.