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Support Your Libraries
I just found out some disturbing news. Some towns, because of the recession are planning on closing their public Libraries.

Not even during the Great Depression did cities and towns close their Libraries. Times have changed, these days they are the first to close. This saddens me greatly not only because my Mother is the director of a library but also that officials do not see how necessary and valuable the Library is.

I can only speak from what I have seen but here are a few examples of the importance of the Library:

-Provides a place for young adults to study as well as interact with each other in a social environment. The library provides arts programs, creative writing programs, a quiet place to study, the internet, and access to literature that may or may not be accessible to the individual based on family income, availability of the book from the publisher, or many other reasons.

-Provides the resources and sometimes classes for those wanting to learn english or another language within the facility. At my mother's Library there is man who comes in daily to use the televisions and tapes to learn English. He is currently homeless and trying to find a job in these tough economic times. The Library not only provides the information he needs but also a comfortable place to work while he learns and looks for a job.

-Libraries also provide free entertainment for those looking for an outlet. Up to the minute newly released DVD's, music cd's, books on tape and cd, and playaways. Not to mention a variety of Newspapers and magazines available to the individual without having to pay for the subscription.

-Access to free internet allowing individuals to look for jobs, to update resumes, and make themselves more marketable. There is free Wi-Fi for those who have laptops.

-Interlibrary loans allow access for people to request from other Libraries if their own Library does not have the item in their collection.

-For those with young children there is weekly story time for babies, toddlers, and young children, after school, evening, and weekend story times, craft programs, and professional performers who provide free entertainment. And all of this is free plus heat in the winter and AC in the summer.

Libraries today are community meeting places. Organizations of all kinds, book conference rooms and programming rooms for monthly meetings and special programs are available to anyone.

Some Libraries have incorporated cafes into their branches and some have gift shops run by their friends group.

The Library is a place for all ages and all economic levels. Now, how can you tell me they aren't important. Libraries globally is being affected by the economic downturn. Libraries are the heart of the community.

I am currently working on creating a proposal for my mother's Library. I am looking for artists, writers, and musicians to donate signed works for a silent auction. If you know anyone that is interested please contact me at and I will forward the information to my mother. If you are interested in supporting your local library contact the director and ask how you can help.

Please Support your Libraries. And please repost.

"In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas, a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed."
William S. Burroughs

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The following comments are for "Libraries Are In Trouble"
by KatHarlander

KatHarlander, LIBRARIES...
As Stuart can tell you, in VA I once worked as a librarian assistant for the county of Stafford, near Quantico, at the library in Fredericksburg. I know what Libraries are going through now very well, it was a struggle even back then for libraries, now worse than ever. I have always given support to my local libraries in donations, and if I had the time I would volunteer, but these days my health and my time as spread too thin, but yes, I do what I can, all writers should and non writers and the public is a special privilege as US citizens to have this wonderful FREE service, and we cannot lose our libraries or make further cuts to their budgets.

LIBRARIES MUST LIVE if education, culture, imagination and those among us who cannot afford to buy books, the poor and the young and the old, etc., are to have a place such as the wonderful GIFT that is known as our FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY.

Thanks for writing this and reminding people;-)


( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: January 30, 2009 )

Well said! Thank you!

( Posted by: KatHarlander [Member] On: January 31, 2009 )

when knowledge is no longer free
Libraries are places people can learn for free, be entertained and widen their knowledge. To take away a public service like a library can only be detrimental.

As a child, I always looked forward to going to the library, browsing and taking home a knapsack of books to read. It was a stimulating environment.

I use the computer a lot to access information on the internet. But what about those who don't have their own computer?
If such cutbacks continue and knowledge is no longer free, where will we be?

( Posted by: sandra [Member] On: January 31, 2009 )

@ sandra
Thanks for reading and responding. I just found out the Library near my house had closed its doors. Oddly enough there was no mention of it on the website, the address had just been wiped clean. The building was closed and empty. Sad. It makes me nervous to think what will happen if they close down more of these sacred institutions.

( Posted by: KatHarlander [Member] On: February 9, 2009 )

Hells bells
Never realised how precarious the situation was for you. Bank Of England dropping its interest rate to half a per cent has left us in alien territory. I've said it before, capitalism has failed and now anything could happen. But libraries closing their doors is an absolute no-no. I love books, they're a trip into times, places and adventures that can be experienced so vividly when told by a good writer. Incidentally I'm reading a book now (from the library) 'Dead Man Rising' by Lilith Saintcrow - and it's a bugger tearing myself away from it.
take care

( Posted by: Ogg [Member] On: March 7, 2009 )

RE: Hells Bells
Thanks Paul. Right now my Mom's library seems to be ok but I have heard of a bunch of libraries closing down. It's terrible and I hope to God the economy changes soon. But until then I hope officials have the good sense to keep the libraries open.

( Posted by: KatHarlander [Member] On: March 16, 2009 )

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