28 Sep A Good Neighbor
September 28th was National Good Neighbor Day. Montana resident Becky Mattson lobbied for decades to establish this national day of recognition. In 1978, United States President Jimmy Carter issued Proclamation 4601: “As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
I think the library is an amazing neighbor. We’ve been celebrating National Library Card sign up month in September. As it comes to a close, I hope you’ve visited your neighborhood library where friendly staff can help you reserve a study room, meeting room, or find that item you’re looking for. With comfy spaces to sit and read or to sit and visit, libraries provide public spaces in our neighborhoods. Throughout the year we develop classes and events that enrich and inform. Each of our spaces provides equal opportunity access to information, ideas, and resources. With seven locations throughout La Porte County and a mobile library traveling to stops providing library service for citizens of all ages, I can’t imagine what our community would be without the public library system. Stop in and say hello, we’re glad to be your neighbor.