Libraries are known around the world as not just a place to find a good book, but as a place to sit down and catch up with a friend, for small business owners to meet with customers and a great place to cool off or heat up while relaxing in peace and quiet. Libraries are for students to do homework and for business people to work while on the road in between appointments. Libraries are where new ideas are talked about and where a community truly comes together. Matter of fact the hallmark of a thriving community is that good libraries are in its midst.
Therefore because of all the benefits libraries bring to a community we can be thankful that we have a special taxing district for our county library system. At $0.49/$1,000 the county provides us two fantastic libraries in Klamath Falls and then nine more satellite libraries in Bly, Bonanza, Chemult, Chiloquin, Gilchrist, Keno, Malin, Merrill and Sprague River.
To make the county library experience accessible to all, library books are free for anyone to borrow. Some specialty items and electronic versions may carry a small fee. Again, the idea is for no one to be excluded from the cultural and educational benefits of libraries — especially the poor and under privileged. There is a special children's section and use of computers with full access to any internet content is also free.
Isn't it wonderful the community spirit that is generated from such an enterprise! Because of our beloved county library system our community attracts thousands if not tens of thousands of new people to stop in Klamath Falls, or one of the satellite cities, while passing through the county to borrow a free book. The obvious benefit to tourism is a no brainer. Moreover the new ideas generated by just being in and around the county library culture is surley bringing great bounty to our beloved county. The possibilities are nearly endless. We are certainly proud to be from Klamath County — free book, video and computer usage capital of the world.
Leave a comment below and help us spread the word. Free books, more ideas and a better community are just around the corner.