14R-063

2014 S 2761

Enacted 02/11/14

H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N

PROCLAIMING FEBRUARY 11TH, 2014 TO BE "I LOVE LIBRARIES DAY" IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

Introduced By: Representatives Hearn, Nunes, Messier, Winfield, and McNamara

Date Introduced: February 11, 2014

 

WHEREAS, Books enrich our lives, help shape our outlook of the world, and provide the cornerstone for a brighter future; and

WHEREAS, Libraries play a vital role in providing a panoply of books, media, and other resources, and with the expansion of electronic networks linking libraries and their resources, library users can access world information more easily, and

WHEREAS, Libraries promote literacy and inspire creativity in Americans. Literacy skills are essential for effective participation in our democracy, in the workplace, and in the community. Lady Bird Johnson once said "Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest"; and

WHEREAS, Libraries enable individuals to make informed decisions about their self-governance by promoting unrestricted access to information and by serving as community centers for lifelong learning; and

WHEREAS, Libraries provide entry to important research about health, economics, housing, the environment and countless other areas to support better living conditions and to help people lead longer, more productive and fulfilling lives; and

WHEREAS, Libraries support a competitive workforce with basic literacy programs, computers and other resources to help children and adults learn to find, evaluate and use information they need for their jobs, health, education, and other needs; and

WHEREAS, In a world undergoing constant change, libraries provide enduring connections to the past and future of our communities, nations, and civilizations; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby proclaims February 11th of 2014 to be "I Love Libraries Day" in the State of Rhode Island. We furthermore urge all the citizens of the state to visit their local library and thank a librarian for making this unique and wonderful institution possible; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Rhode Island Library Association.

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