By Denise Davis, Director of the Cecil County Public Library
When I came to Cecil County to lead our public library system in 2001, the community was examining how best to lay a foundation for the success and well-being of our citizens, communities and businesses in the 21st century. One of the strongest messages was that our economic success would be based in large part on the quality of our county’s education system. In the 21st century, businesses that offer good salaries and benefits would locate in counties where the workforce is educated and engaged in lifelong learning. Those well-educated employees would demand the best of their county’s educational institutions for themselves and their families. Although the recession set us back, it is not a reason to give up on our aspirations.
As we now emerge from recession, my hope is that we can reflect on the valuable insights of those discussions and, as part of our plan to facilitate strong economic and community advancement, protect funding for education.
One of the strengths of public libraries is how quickly they can adapt their educational services to any era to give our citizens and communities an edge. Literally tens of thousands of Cecil County citizens are using Cecil County Public library for exactly that reason today.