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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

As usual, I come bearing links, but today I'm all about something very close to my heart--public libraries:

The library situation in Pennsylvania is pretty dire . You can read more about what's going on, including a round-up of how budget cuts are hitting public libraries all over the country, in this Pennsylvania Library Association article

I've posted about this group before, but PAYA is running a series of auctions to try and raise money for Pennsylvania's public libraries. All of these auctions are here, and my contribution (a very special copy of Something, Maybe) is here

When I was growing up, my only source of books was the public library. I shudder to think what my life would have been like without it. For every area that has lots of libraries and bookstores and people with the money and willingness to support both, there are areas like where I grew up, where my elementary school library was in a closet, the nearest bookstore was half an hour away and about the size of a large closet, and the county I lived in absolutely refused to subsidize any kind of library (and still won't, which makes me sad)

I know it's easy to think of public libraries as simply being there, but in this economic climate, that's not that case. Please consider donating money, books, or even your time to your local public library. They need your help, and do you want to live in a world without public libraries?

I know I don't.

2 Comments:

Blogger emery said...

Same thing is happening with Ohio libraries. Going to the library is consistently one of the best parts of my week. It is heartening, in an electronic world, to see so many kids there; I would hate for that to be compromised.

Thanks for bringing attention to this!

October 28, 2009 11:01 AM  
Blogger Addicted Book Reader said...

I live in Pennsylvania, and I'm so sad they are losing funding. I love my library! I will donate some money to my library : D

October 28, 2009 5:58 PM  

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