You remember how sometime I struggle with these ten on Tuesday topis? Not this time. Heh. I made a PowerPoint once to present to middle-schoolers on this very topic. Let's see if I can remember my ten points.
Ten Reasons To Use The Public Library.
- Free books on every topic you can possibly think of -- computers, Eastern religions, paganism, witchcraft, parkour, photography, paper airplanes, cooking, dog training, ancient music, Ozzy Ozbourne. And more.
- Free videos and DVDs, from new releases to documentaries to DIY projects to yoga.
- Free public access computers. (BTW, most -- if not all -- public access computers are set up to erase your browsing history when you log off. Just sayin'.)
- Free music CDs. Ravel, rap, rock, religious.
- Free magazines on everything from current events to birdwatching to skateboarding.
- Your parents (this is from my middle-school PowerPoint, remember?) are already paying for the library through their taxes. You might as well take advantage of it.
- Every single bit of information that has ever been written down is available through the library.
- It's not all on the Internet, and what is there has no quality control.
- Free programs -- check out your library's website and/or bulletin board.
- Did I mention it is free/already paid for?
Carole is a library director and she loves libraries. I love libraries. I have worked in several small-town libraries, am treasurer of one Friends of the library group and secretary of another, and serve on the regional library board. Libraries ROCK!
And libraries are always under attack. Sometimes the attack is from well-meaning people who want to censor others' reading materials. Sometimes the attack is from over-ambitious law enforcement officials who think that knowing what people are reading will help them find criminals and terrorists. And sometimes libraries are seen as a luxury, one that cash-strapped local governments and belligerent taxpayers cannot afford.
The question is, Can we afford to be without them?
"Closing libraries in a recession is like closing hospitals in a plague." Amen.