Did you know that Waterbury, Connecticut—a city of about 109,000 people—has just two public libraries? The main Silas Bronson Library has just one branch, Bunker Hill.
Often vital hubs of community engagement, libraries are safe, important gathering spaces for residents to meet, take classes, access the internet to obtain services, hunt for jobs, and much more. And, libraries are key touchstones for parents as they help their children learn to read.
According to Tina Agati, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury, “Unfortunately, many of the families we meet do not use the public libraries. Without access to age-appropriate books and reading materials especially during the summer, children’s literacy suffers and leads to the loss of learning known as the ‘summer slide.’”