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Ron McCabe: Libraries Play a Key Role in Education

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on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in WLA News
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This column, by WLA President-elect Ron McCabe, appeared in the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune on June 24. In our democracy, everyone is allowed and encouraged to participate in the political, social and economic life of their community, state and nation. Public education is the most powerful means we have to encourage and enable this participation. Libraries play a vital role in this effort to create a more perfect union.Education often begins in the classroom, but it doesn't end there. Libraries provide opportunities for lifelong learning that extend beyond the classroom and beyond graduation. Libraries allow us to share costly educational resources that we might not be able to purchase on our own. Today, networks of library cooperation expand this local sharing by providing access to library collections throughout the state and nation.As president-elect of the Wisconsin Library Association, I am learning more everyday about the amazing contributions of libraries of all types...