We Know You Need Us: Local Libraries Increase Access

We Know You Need Us: Local Libraries Increase Access

“There were two things that hit us really hard during quarantine: parks and libraries being closed,” says Claire Curtis, a stay-at-home mom of three. Curtis, a regular library patron, was used to walking to the Three Creeks branch in Salmon Creek weekly with her kids for the children’s events and to check out new books. “When the library opened up, we started ‘going’ weekly again.” The Curtises are like many families that depend upon library services for education, enrichment and sometimes just a break from the house.

Access to library services are more important than ever as we navigate life through a worldwide pandemic and economic downturn. Thankfully, the staff at Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries (FVRLibraries) and Camas Public Library have gotten creative to make books and other services available and safe for everyone.

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Sarah Mortensen recently completed her degree in marriage and family studies and works for Vancouver Public Schools as a paraeducator in addition to her role as associate editor of Vancouver Family Magazine. When Sarah is not reading to her kids or students, she is probably in her backyard taking care of her garden. She also enjoys hiking, hot chocolate, and dressing up for Halloween. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, son and daughter.

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