Learning Shouldn’t Be a Luxury
Jessie Morris works to dispel myths about the library every day. “Lots of people say, ‘I don’t really need the library, I’m not much of a reader’ but there’s just so much more than that,” she says. The Regina Public Library branch manager loves showing people that their public library is a place of infinite possibilities, no matter their background or life circumstances. For her, well before working at the library, it was a place of escape, joy, and opportunity.
Growing up, she says, “In our world, books were definitely an extra.” She remembers going to the library with her mother to sign up for her first card, and it changed the way she sees the world. “Coming through the door on that first day … It opened up an incredible world to follow my interests and my heart.” The library allowed her and her family to freely access new ideas and further their learning.
As Jessie found out more about what was available through programming, activities, and special groups, she became a library super fan. To her, the library provides unlimited opportunities for people who need it most. Why pay for things like books, e-books, movie and music streaming services, or educational courses? All of these things and so much more are available with a library card. Click here for a few ideas of popular library services.
“You can have every advantage in the world and accomplish nothing. But you can come from nothing and accomplish everything,” Jessie says about the services libraries provide. Watch her talk about her personal connection with the library below as part of our #RPLStories by clikcing the video link below.