Editorial: Sevier County’s libraries provide invaluable service to citizens

Mar. 05, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

As our local library systems embrace the “Geek the Library” program, it brings to mind just how lucky we are as Sevier County citizens to have such a robust network of facilities designed to enhance lifelong learning and personal development right in our own backyard.

The Sevier County Public Library System, including branches in Sevierville, Seymour and Kodak, the Pigeon Forge Public Library, and Anna Porter Public Library in Gatlinburg are among the region’s best.

A quick glance at the newspaper’s community calendar shows dozens of events happening at our area libraries in the coming weeks. And it seems big plans are always in the works at these valuable community resources.

An example would be the Anna Porter Public Library’s recent launching of a new program geared to cater to “older adults” in the community (see page B1).

The staff at the library, led by Older Adult Services Coordinator Betty Lawson, provides citizens with a place to learn how to use modern technology, along with all of the library’s other resources, in a comfortable environment — all the while receiving one-on-one coaching and teaching.

And similar efforts exist at the other libraries across the county.

While these bastions of knowledge are well-used in our county, the true wealth they offer is lost on many who associate libraries only with dusty books on shelves.

Need someone to help you spruce up your resume for an impending job search? The library’s got that. Need to build a PowerPoint presentation but have no clue how to use the software? Again, the library’s got your back. 

These facilities are great resource for everyone in our community, especially those that don’t have access to broadband in their homes or need help in tracking down specific information, family history or other public information. In addition the book, movie and theater clubs provide hours of entertainment and real-life social networking for all ages.

Continued support for these community cornerstones is vital.