A message from the library board president, Mary Dobson

In honor of National Library Week (April 12 - 18), several local papers published a column written by Cass County Public Library board president, Mary Dobson. The full column is reprinted below. Click here for more information about the library's board.

National Library Week will be observed April 12-18 as a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries which include all types: school, public, academic and special. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.

Did you know that nearly 5.5 million Missourians (91.4% of the state's population) have accessed and used the 362 public library outlets? Missouri citizens used the over 4,900 public library computers approximately 6.4 million times in 2014. On average, each computer is used nearly 1,300 times per year to apply for employment, access information, complete homework or research, and connect with others.

The Cass County Public Library system consists of six branches, administrative offices, genealogy branch and a bookmobile. The system is a vital component of the county, providing resources, programs for all ages, technology access and library services to the citizens.