Honoring our local libraries during National Library Week

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Reading is such an essential part of our every day lives, from email and texts to books and work memos. And a lot of us learned how to read, or read better, because of a library program in our school or community.

And as the librarians we spoke with this week said, National Library Week is a time for you to remember what your local library adds to your community.

"In Huntington and Zavalla, our people love to read. We have people who arrange their whole schedules around when we get books in," says Librarian Debra Bashaw.

The McMullen Memorial Library in Huntington is a smaller library, serving about 7,000 people, but it plays a big role in the lives of the residents who use it.

"We serve a large number of people who don't have Internet access in their own homes. We've learned to help people file for unemployment and health care benefits, look for jobs. The library has become one of the last places that you can do all of those things," says Bashaw.

And that's exactly what Tyler Public Library programming associate Evelyn McLane wants you to know about Tyler's library.

"You can get more than a book. We're more than a book. We're more than you know. We are online, we are e-books, we are electronic resources, we are music, we are movies, we are books," says McLane.

She says libraries, and library week, remain important for all of us for one specific reason.

"Literacy is the basis of our society. If you can't read, you're stuck in one place. And literacy is your ladder,"says McLane.

There are libraries big and small throughout East Texas that are making a big difference every day, and it's nice to have a week to celebrate the work they all do.

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