On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees, the library staff and myself, I welcome you to the Warsaw Community Public Library. We take pride in our commitment to serve you successfully.
The Warsaw Community Public Library strives to provide quality patron services, promote reading, and encourage lifelong learning using accessible resources. Our goal is to provide a library environment that is conducive to your personal enjoyment and growth.
This website is designed to acquaint you with the Warsaw Community Public Library. It will provide you with information about the library and its services. As a library user, we hope that you will develop a feeling of pride in being able to comfortably access the library and its resources.
Please feel free to contribute your input about library services and this website. We value your comments and believe that your feedback will directly impact the library’s level of success in the community.
Ann M. Zydek
“Reading & Libraries”
Ann M. Zydek, Library Director
Being an avid reader I always carry material with me for “free” moments. I recently read the Pew Research Center’s “Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading” study released last month. The findings indicate 94% of surveyed parents, with children younger than 18, feel libraries are important with the majority wanting access to libraries to deepen their children’s love of reading and books.
I believe it is important to have trained staff serving our community’s readers as they explore library resources to enhance their life-long learning. For example, Margaret Fritzel, who is retiring with twenty-five years of service, positively touched people’s lives as she hosted Writer’s Club, guided visitors through youth collections, and offered children’s story hours and programs onsite and throughout the community.
This summer set aside time to read and to share your passion for reading with others. Encourage children to choose reading as a free-time activity. Check-out WCPL’s 1000 Book Club which supports parents and children reading together! Pew noted that parents with children under age 6 are keen on daily reading with their child. Over half read with their child daily while others read with their child multiple times weekly. Most parents said that libraries provide their children with resources unavailable at home and want libraries to keep and expand programs for children and teens.
Reading proficiently by the end of third grade matters. The KIDS COUNT Program at datacenter.kidscount.org/ states that children must be ready to succeed when they get to school (cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically) before they can learn. They need quality learning opportunities, beginning at birth and continuing in school and during out-of-school time, including summers, to sustain learning gains. Indiana fourth-graders who took the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test in 2011 were 67% below proficient. By spring 2013, Indiana third graders reading skills tests (IREAD-3) show 86.1% passed! (See www.doe.in.gov/achievement/assessment/iread-3.)
The library with community partners works to help combat summer learning loss by offering free summer reading programs for all ages. This year children will “Dig into Reading” while teens explore “Beneath the Surface” and adults do “Groundbreaking Reads.” Registration is easy online. Readers can enjoy programs, crafts, and reading prizes while tracking their daily/weekly reading. Sign up has begun on site or at www.warsawlibrary.org.