National Library Week: Do we need libraries?

“we have the internet, why do we need a library?”

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
April 11, 2018 - 12:47 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) joins libraries throughout Pennsylvania and the country in celebrating National Library Week - April 8 - 14,2018.

The event places a spotlight on the changing role of libraries and will attempt to dispel the notion that libraries are simply book repositories, or places of quiet study. In fact, today’s libraries are vibrant community centers that provide access to residents of all ages by offering innovative resources and fueling creativity and civic engagement. Patrons and visitors can collaborate, use new technologies, acquire current skills, access online classes, and connect with other community members.

Libraries are evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students, and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to meet the needs of their communities. By providing resources such as eBooks and technology courses, English as a Second Language (ESL) materials, kindergarten readiness programs, job development programs or safe spaces, libraries and librarians are leading in their communities.

“ACLA’s 73 locations throughout Allegheny County provide crucial services to the residents we serve, by offering unlimited opportunities for personal growth and lifelong learning,” said Marilyn Jenkins, executive director of ACLA. “Today’s libraries are playing a role in leveling the playing field for everyone seeking information and access to technologies.”


KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin talks to Marilyn Jenkins of ACLA  about how today’s libraries have evolved and remain relevant now more then ever?


For more information, visit ACLA’s website,,  to learn more about available resources and the locations of the 73 libraries throughout Allegheny County.