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An Invaluable Community Resource

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November 13, 2017 | By Corie Turner

Washington resident Tracy Weishner has been coming to Citizens Library every day for ten years. She says she doesn't know where she would be without the supportive staff and the library resources, especially the Gale Online Courses for learning computer debugging and operating systems. She hopes to pursue a career in the information technology field someday, and wouldn't be able to do so without the free online courses and the support of the library staff. When asked what brings her back day after day, Tracy enthusiastically replies, "The library staff go above and beyond to help patrons. Citizens has information and answers for anyone that needs it."

The library also has personal meaning for Weishner. She frequently provides childcare for several of her younger cousins, and has found the children's department to be an invaluable resource in helping her teach them that reading and learning new things can be fun. Activities that focus on reading and play time also help the children socialize and meet new friends, as well as work on their motor skills. Weishner values this time she spends bonding with her cousins, and is appreciative to the library for making it possible.

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Emmy and Gillian Bissett (L-R) enjoying a recent Lego night at Citizens Library

For Amy and Jeff Bissett of North Franklin Township, and their daughters Gillian and Emmy, library activities are a family affair. They have been coming to Citizens Library for nearly eight years. Amy and Jeff continually seek opportunities for their family to engage in lifelong learning. The children's department has been especially important to the Bissetts. "We have been blessed to have discovered the wealth of resources available at Citizens Library," Amy shares. "It is a safe environment and fun for the whole family." A favorite activity of the Bissett family is Lego Club, which engages children and families in designing and creating one of a kind Lego creations.

Nestled just blocks from Washington & Jefferson College and the Washington County Courthouse, Citizens Library has been providing generations of families with opportunities to learn, explore, engage and develop for nearly 150 years. A knowledgeable and compassionate library staff focus on providing resources and activities for children and adults alike, in a safe and welcoming environment. With everything from professional development and personal enrichment courses, children's activities, and game, craft and trivia nights for all ages, this invaluable community resource has something for everyone. It's not just about books anymore!