In a depressed economy, there should be no discussion of closing libraries. The need for the services of libraries is accentuated. We should be considering keeping them open longer. They should be accessable to those who were forced to stop delivery of their newspaper, magazines, Internet service and cable. People should be able to turn to the resources of their neighborhood library. Students unable to purchase books may borrow them from the library.
Families need access to family entertainment outlets that are affordable. Research to upgrade job skills necessary for employment cannot take place if the doors to their neighborhood library are locked. Leadership should brainstorm strategies to deliver this valuable societal service rather than assuming these treasure houses should be closed.
Sharon F. Meer