Did you see this? That all libraries in Philadelphia were scheduled to close October 2?
But this was on my mind today as I drove my kids to one of the branches of our public library. We checked out a ton of things--books, DVDs, videos and computer games. I have also in the past checked out audio books. I've gone to free programs there, taken my kids to free programs there and used the free community space for writing club meetings.
Looking at losing all of this I thought--I would not want to live in a city with no library. And I mean this seriously. Not just because of the free (well paid by my taxes free) stuff my family gets, but because of what it says about that city--that it doesn't value these things enough to provide them for their citizens.
Sure you can buy your own books/DVDs/Computer games, but what does that say? That only people with enough extra money deserve those things? That is, of course, ludicrous. Perhaps that it isn't in the public good to provide them--really? We don't want educated kids with free access to expanding their minds? We don't want our older citizens to gather, read and discuss? We don't think any of these things are important or at least we think they are not as important as other things we feel we MUST have?
Where do libraries sit on the list of must have things for you in a city you would move to? Because I can tell you if my husband and I were considering moving to a new city and I heard they didn't believe in libraries I would mark that place right off my list.