Libraries will get you through

Defeat Despair

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.” — Anne Herbert

Whenever I am feeling grouchy about paying taxes, I try to think of the wonderful public libraries that have given so much to our family over the years.  I can think of few places that have enriched our lives on so many levels, at no direct cost.  Even before I became a librarian I was bewildered that many people never walk into a library.  It’s unquestionably one of the best bargains around.

The public libraries of today have much, much more to offer than traditional books.  You can now look up all sorts of full text publications, 24/7 from the convenience of home, via research databases that formerly cost hundreds of dollars to access (and unlike a Google search, these databases are pre-screened or peer-reviewed for accuracy and quality).  You…

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