Editorial: Our libraries support us

Our public library system provides a variety of activities for our use. We have computers with internet service, books for all ages and reading levels, and research materials.
Libraries may offer other services such as a place to register to vote. Right now, the libraries in both Jefferson and Glascock counties have family passes you can check out to visit the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The museum is at the center of the main Emory University campus in Atlanta. 
The family pass, which you check out at your library, is valid for up to six general admission passes. While this is not valid for events, program fees or audio tours, it will allow you to spend time at the museum’s collections.
You can find collections from Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Items in these collections include tomb reliefs, amulets and statuary. 
Currently, there is an eight-panel touring photographic exhibition, “Discover the Stories of Civilization: Stories of Beauty, Power, Love, Glory and Faith,” at the Louisville library. The tour began in Leesburg at the Lee County Library last September.
Carlos Museum Director Bonnie Speed said, “On behalf of the museum board and staff, I would like to thank GPLS (Georgia Public Library System) for helping us share the collections of the Michael C. Carlos Museum with families throughout the state.”
Passes for the museum, as well as other passes, offer area residents the chance to learn about the world where we live as well as our world’s history. 
For all our libraries offer us, we have to visit our library to truly learn what is available. We have to let our leaders, both at the local level and state level, know our libraries are important to us and to our children.
These are places where we can learn about anything that interests us. We can learn about other places and the cultures that exist in those places.
We can learn about history, astronomy, art, science and many other subjects.
Along with our use of the library and its resources, our public library system has had its funding cut in the last few years and needs our support more than before.
Visit your library, familiarize yourself with what is available there and take advantage of what is offered.
Think how you benefit from the library and decide to help it benefit from you. Find out how you can help. If you think you can give of your time once every other month, consider becoming a member of the library board. 
If this is something you can do, let your county commissioner or your librarian know.
Our library is one of the most important assets a community has. Don’t let ours go to waste.