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Nine Reasons to Save Public Libraries

Emily Bristol shared her views about the future of (and the need for) public libraries in her recent article, Nine Reasons to Save Public Libraries, published by the Independent Voter Network (IVN). Here are her nine reasons that attest to the value of public libraries:

  1. The house of the 99%: Libraries give people “access to information, education, news…”
  2. Libraries build equity: Libraries serve as a focal point of the community...
  3. Community hope chest: “Libraries house special collections based on the needs and unique identities of the communities they serve...”
  4. Renewable resource: Libraries allow users to borrow a wide variety of materials...
  5. Literacy: “Studies show that children’s literacy is greatly improved by access to summer reading programs and preschool reading programs at public libraries...”
  6. Leveling the playing field: “Libraries offer vital resources for communities that might not otherwise be served or feel integrated.”
  7. Safe space: “The public library may be the only free space available that is also a safe space...”
  8. Cultural touchstone: “Many libraries showcase art — often by local artists...”
  9. Drop in or drop out: “Libraries can also be a place that means the difference between a child’s success or failure in school...”  

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