Public libraries today are about much more than just books. Public libraries equal strong communities.
More than a quarter of U.S. households don’t have a computer with an internet connection. Libraries provide free public computers with internet access, vital to people searching for jobs and trying to connect with government services. At Ritter Public Library in Vermilion, Ohio the public uses the internet more than 120 times a day.
Learning to read is the first step to success at school and libraries help parents get their little ones off to a good start. Teens find something fun to do every day after school at their library. Every month, more than 800 participants enjoy programs in Ritter’s youth services departments.
Libraries help people find jobs by connecting them with important resources and helping them use career-development tools. The public can schedule free, half-hour appointments with Ritter’s reference staff for one-on-one assistance with questions about resources, technology and more. Call (440) 967-3798.
Ritter also provides free meeting space for groups and organizations. Nearly 700 people – from scouts to city councils – gather in meeting rooms at Ritter every month. And Ritter helps preserve the unique stories of our town in its local history collection.
For every dollar spent by Ohio’s public libraries, $5 worth of direct economic benefit is returned to Ohioans. The Ohio Library Council recently conducted a statewide return on investment study showing Ohio’s public libraries save residents money and also directly benefit the state’s economy.
Get your money’s worth at your public library. Ritter is open from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm Monday through Thursday; from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Friday and Saturday; and from 1 pm to 5 pm Sunday. Access library services anytime at www.ritterpubliclibrary.org.