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Utah libraries celebrate National Library Week



Kaysville, Utah – A local librarian is celebrating National Library Week by expressing her passion for books and this priceless resource.

Since she was sixteen years old, Sara Cox has worked in Davis County libraries.

“Libraries have always been kind of a safe, comfortable space for me,” she said. “I was that shy, awkward child that wasn’t super social and kind of immersed myself in books.”

In her role as a librarian, Cox orders books reads book reviews, assists patrons in finding books, and oversees library programming. The manager of the Kaysville branch recalls the day when the library only held books and periodicals. These days, they provide residents with much more, all for free.

“You can check out GoPros , and you can check out a microphone kit, and they have a 3D printer,” she said. “We have telescopes that people can check out.”

The branch was crowded with readers on Tuesday afternoon, of all ages.

“I think it’s really important, especially in our day, it’s so digital, to have physical books for people to look at and read,” said Morgan Dennis. “I think reading’s a key skill for kids to learn and to be able to imagine things without seeing them on the screen.”

People in the community, such as Cambria Jones, are appreciative of this resource.

“Some people don’t have the resources that the library offers, like the computers and schoolbooks, and just the place to be able to go and do work with no interruptions,” she said.

As long as people continue to read, Cox thinks libraries will endure despite an increasing amount of material being digitalized.

“Libraries continually adapt, and when they continually adapt, I think they’ll be here for a long time,” she said.


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