07 Jun '11, 1pm

Libraries Are Part of the Safety Net: No Wonder Governments Hate Them

Libraries Are Part of the Safety Net: No Wonder Governments Hate Them

For me, that was a very valid role for the library, because we were being the bridge. We were doing the appropriate thing to give everyone access. That library was a horrible library, you know, if you judged it by the lists of books. But it was a great library if you judged it in terms of the safety net. We made partnerships with other agencies in town; we had a community room that was always busy; we had day care, we had after school programs. We got a grant to do games and activities, and we spent it on a pingpong table -- that's a game -- and a sewing machine -- that's an activity. We worked extensively with kids, so that they would come to the library, so that it would be a place for them. We worked with the county to help answer people's questions about social services and help them get referrals. That library had incredible resources that weren't the books, because i...

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