Declaration for the Right to Libraries

It was hard to sleep last night. At 10:15 p.m., I checked The Missourian’s website and found out that the levy increase to benefit Scenic Regional Library had passed. Citizens rose to the occasion and cast their “yes” votes, affirming their belief in the life-changing opportunities that libraries offer. We all have much to be grateful for and reason to celebrate.

Scenic now will be able to build new libraries, update branches, add books and other materials to their shelves and increase programming.

This victory for literacy couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Next week, April 14-20 is National Library Week and its theme is “Lives Change @ Your Library.” For many of us, libraries continue to do just that in countless ways.

To mark the occasion, Washington Public Library is inviting the public to a program on Monday, April 14th at 10:30 a.m. to sign a Declaration for the Right to Libraries. Library staff and community leaders will sign the Declaration and officially show their support of libraries. Patrons are welcome to attend and sign too.

Those who can’t make the event can stop in at Washington Public Library and sign the declaration anytime during National Library Week.

More information about the declaration can be found at