I’m a huge library fan. They sit on my mental map as one of those too often unacknowledged pillars of everything good about American society.
As I’ve written before, I’ve lived in countries that don’t have the tradition of public or “free” libraries. Books and ideas were kept at one more big remove from average people.
NCPR’s Sarah Harris has a very nice exploration this morning of how North Country libraries are faring in these complicated times, as budgets shrink and technologies shift.
Even in an age of Kindles and Ipads, libraries feel essential to me. But maybe I’m old-fashioned? Maybe my book-wired brain is trapped in the 1970s or the 1870s?
What’s your experience of libraries these days? Do you use yours? Do you support it? Do you see the need for them? How do you think yours is faring? (Librarians — chime in: How do things look from behind the card catalogue?)