The North Marion Library is just one example how the dreams of a handful of people in a small community can be reached.

Residents of Aurora, Donald and Hubbard have had to leave their towns to access libraries, and often it comes with a cost.

Yes, a resident of North?Marion County can sign up for a library card at the Woodburn Public Library, but it provides limited access and, in some cases, costs money.

So what these volunteers have been working on for the past couple of years is a way to bring literacy closer to their front door. The North Marion Community Library is a free avenue to access books and other resources without having to go to Woodburn or Canby.

This program took off with volunteers and it won’t be successful without volunteers. Perhaps you have a few hours a week and would like to assist at the new library? It is a great way to meet people and be around hundreds of stories ready to be discovered within the pages of books.

We don’t want to disparage our own library in Woodburn. This library is the closest thing Woodburn has to a community center. It’s a place where families can bring their children to not only read, but play games, see performers, enter contests, create arts and crafts, and meet other children. It’s a place where families can access a whole new world of information through computer use and access to the reference aisles.

It’s even a place where families can gather in the summer with their neighbors and enjoy live music and a movie.

All we’re trying to say is that ibraries are just as relevant as ever, and that’s why we’re thrilled to see another opportunity for people young and old to have access to books, to new adventures and to broaden their perspective on various issues.

Let’s all help support this amazing community effort. Whether you volunteer hours at the library, donate books or simply drop by during business hours, let’s all remember that education is the only ticket out of poverty, and education is facilitated through literacy.

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