The Vital Role of Libraries Today

The role of libraries as community centers can be undervalued in today’s digital world.  Librarians across the country will tell you that libraries are more important now than ever!

Books, magazines, periodicals and movies are available free for use in education and for reading or viewing pleasure. Many libraries, including the Royalton Memorial Library, have free high- speed internet service where patrons can research a wide range of interests including employment opportunities, local and world news. Patrons can gather information about health, ancestry, finances, music, art, gardening, read email and the long list goes on.

Libraries are an important historical resource by maintaining and offering free access to local history and community records.

Nearby school students find a safe and welcoming place to gather, do homework and use the computers. Free weekly story times encourage pre-school children to learn the joy of reading early in their life as well as enable children & families to get to know others in the community. The Saturday Lego group keeps everyone busy & entertained.

The Royalton Library offers adult reading and discussion groups, meet-the-author events and a gathering place for various arts and crafts groups. The library is environmentally friendly by recycling reading and movies avoiding one-time use.

These offerings at the library happen because of our great staff and many volunteers. Because of shrinking budgets and constant technology demands the face-to-face offerings in a library are more important than ever.

In order to create services and programs there needs to be space adequate in size and areas that can be accessed safely and easily for everyone no matter their age or ability.

Our Royalton library is located centrally making it walkable for many. The current plans to renovate and add onto a structurally sound building in the town center is a patron friendly and environmentally sound plan. The physical space of a library communicates to the public its underlying value. It’s time to value what is already located within the community center of South Royalton and supply better funding and resources now.

The Royalton Memorial Library Board of Trustees: John Dumville, Phoebe Rhoda, Bonnie Kenyon, Yuliya Ballou, Louise Clark, Theresa Manning, Cynthia Dalrymple