Does my heart good. Except – the libraries where the author works ARE CLOSING! Read more here: http://www.selco.info/blog/2007/01/10-reasons-for-public-libraries-and.html (Thanks Multitype Librarian!)
8. Libraries provide a neutral community gathering place for the free exchange of ideas, culture, and entertainment. Libraries promote a sense of belonging and interpersonal connection in a society that is increasingly “virtual.”
9. A vital and attractive library helps define a community, encourages civic pride, and invests residents with a sense of ownership.
10. Libraries are the heart and soul of a community and reflect the value residents place on literacy, education, culture, and freedom.