by First Mate Keira
Budget cuts for library funding is a terrible thing. It's happening because many people have lost sight of why libraries are important. Libraries are not an extravagance. They are not a waste of resources. They are possibly one of the best uses of funds and resources around. Here's why:
Libraries are necessary for the literacy and education of a community.
A library grows the community.
Through a library new ideas are learned, expressed, and acted upon.
Without them the value and wealth of a community goes down.
Libraries are a hub of social and educational activity.
Libraries host events and services that the community wouldn’t see without them. Just think without libraries… Where would you go for a school project or paper? Where would you go for a free lecture on personal finance? Where would you go for direct access and help on job searching and career building?
Libraries are a source of employment for many individuals. Budget cuts could mean loss of income and loss of jobs.
Libraries are good for authors. There are usually multiple copies of books inside a library system. Now multiply it by how many libraries there are in the country. That's a lot of sold books!
The standard of living has gone up with the increasing number of libraries.
Libraries grow the middle class.
Libraries are responsible for bringing a community together.
Libraries are the gatekeepers of culture. One of the saddest moments in human history was the loss of the Library of Alexandria when it burnt down. Can you imagine the wealth of knowledge we'd have access to if a fraction of it's contents had come through unscathed?
Inside libraries are your new best friends. They are the stories that stick with you and shape you.
They are a resource and one we should never take for granted.
Public libraries may not be the newest of concepts, but their very big presence in today’s society is a new idea. Let's not lose it! Visit your library today to support it’s presence in your community.