Public libraries–what a treasure!
That has always been my opinion about this amazing resource, sitting right in the midst of most communities, just like this public library that I visited so many times as a child. It was destroyed by a tornado in the 80s but was soon replaced by a newer building.
In the past, I have written letters to the editor of our local paper to advocate for more funding for these institutions from the small town libraries to larger city libraries.
Now, I hear that some libraries in various countries are being closed as a cost-saving measure.
This is disturbing news as libraries provide free access to resources–print, electronic, visual, sound–regardless of your income level.
I hope that such decisions will be reversed and that library closures will not become a trend.
Public libraries level the playing field for people. Access to internet resources, community speakers and initiatives are only some of the ways that libraries serve a vital role in our communities.
Let’s make sure that public libraries are here to stay!
- Response: Ebooks and their ilk are no replacement for libraries (guardian.co.uk)