We need libraries

 

I have been planning authors’ book tours and and accompanying them for the past 25 years. Now that so many bookstores have closed, I tell the book lovers I know to go to the public libraries.

Now Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the commissioners are considering closing half the library branches in the county and laying off employees.

The Friends of Miami-Dade Library System is having their fourth annual “Ten by Ten challenge.” The goal is to get 10,000 people to donate $10 by Oct. 10.

We need to support our libraries not only for adults, but also for our children. In Miami-Dade, many elementary-school students read below their grade level.

If someone told us 10 years ago that bookstores and libraries would be closed, we would have told them that was ridiculous.

We all need to support the bookstores still in business and let public officials know that we are appalled that they are considering closing libraries. Children are our first priority, and we must do everything possible to keep them reading.

Joan Robbins, Aventura

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