Monday, March 27, 2017

7 Reasons Libraries Are Essential, Now More Than Ever :: via Bustle

7 Reasons Libraries Are Essential, Now More Than Ever
Bustle:  3.21.2017 by Sadie L. Trombetta

I grew up down the street from my local library, so I spent a lot of my childhood there, either hidden away in the stacks reading books, using the internet to access Myspace, or meeting up with friends to work on school projects. I've always understood the value of such an institution, but in today's current climate of untruths, intolerance, and ignorance, it's becoming clear that libraries are essential, now more than ever.

2017 has been dubbed by many the year of resistance, and over the past three months, the country has seen that play out in an increasingly interesting number of ways. There's been no shortage of protests, marches, and strikes, but aside from the traditional demonstrations of civil disobedience, people across the country have come up with new and surprising ways to speak out against the dangerous political agenda of the current administration and stand up for their rights and the rights of others.

1 They offer free educational resources to everyone.
2 Libraries are safe refuges for the homeless and underserved populations.
3 They help boost local economies.
4 They play an important role in English language learning.

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