This NY Times article makes me think about the long discussion of libraries vs. bookstores. Many of us remember the debates in library school about how bookstores were going to replace libraries. Libraries had to be able to compete with bookstores.
When Borders in Downtown Chicago closed and the Chicago Public Libraries stayed open with reduced hours I knew who would survive. In the end no matter what hardships people endure the library is always there.
As libraries continue to thrive with limited resources and budget cuts we need the support of our patrons. Financial support, donations and advocacy, just to name a few contribute to the longevity of our libraries.
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