How many times have you heard (or even said), “Everything students need is on the Internet for free and at your fingertips.” Here’s Gurdit Suri, a longtime KDL cardholder and current university student, who sees it differently:
“I am a 19-year-old college student at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a proud 17-year veteran user of the KDL Cascade Township branch. When it came to applying for volunteering positions, finding good books to read, learning about different languages, applying for summer internships, gaining admission to colleges, finding ACT preparatory books, writing research papers and learning about different global travel opportunities, the library has always been the invisible hand helping me reach my goals.
“Sure, the Internet is available. Yes, it is instantaneous. And of course, it has millions upon millions of results. But when it comes to trying to achieve my goals and accomplish the tasks that I am blessed to have had the opportunity to do, I have found that where the Internet gives me answers, the library has given me understanding.
“Whether it was a teen librarian who found me a book specially made for students trying to increase their ACT score, or a reference desk assistant who remembered me the next time I walked in and referred to me a book that might help me with the research paper I was working on, or the head librarian who was able to find a scholarship opportunity that fit me perfectly, my local library has been priceless.
“I would not have been awarded the scholarships I received, gotten in the 99th percentile for ACT testing scores in the country, received the awards for academic papers I have written, gotten admission into the third best business school in the country or been able to cost-effectively travel to the places I have been had it not been for the resources and people at my local library: the one true search engine to the answers I want, without fail.”
— G.S. Suri