Need for libraries

 

Have we learned nothing from history? Next we will burn the few books that are left! For the cost of one meal out a year, we could save our public libraries with a tax increase, yet our lack of concern for county residents’ literacy is such that even that is too much.

Many residents’ only access to the Internet is at the library, as is their children's only access to books. The library provides literacy programs for children and adults, periodicals, access to films, reading hour and other educational activities for children and adults alike. It’s a place to meet and learn how to garden, to knit, to work with tools. There is always someone on hand to help and guide visitors. All this for the price of a relatively inexpensive meal out a year — how can we not afford it?

If you think this expensive, think of the price of illiteracy and ignorance.

Adela Sygman,

Palmetto Bay

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