Today, NPR Asked “Do We Really Need Libraries?”

 

 Story Hour at the Carnegie-built Webster branch of the New York Public Library, circa 1910.      New York Public Library

Story Hour at the Carnegie-built Webster branch of the New York Public Library, circa 1910.
New York Public Library

 

It was hard not to jump into a Francis P. Church inspired rant and reply “yes NPR, we really do need libraries.” A good bit of the column is devoted to Andrew Carnegie and his mission to build libraries. While I’m not a Carnegie admirer, he did spend a large part of his fortune building brick and mortar libraries across the U.S.; making information available to many.

Although some may think the physical structure of a library is a thing of the past, it is my opinion that we unquestionably still need them.

Libraries are not just repositories of books, they are the stalwarts of free speech, the enablers of dreams, and the shelters of discourse. Information comes from many sources, and while libraries facilitate its transmission, they do so much more. They spark the light of ideas, provide users a respite for the growth of wisdom while still enabling joy. Society would not be the same without libraries.

Link to NPR’s Do We Really Need Libraries:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/npr-history-dept/2015/05/05/403529103/do-we-really-need-libraries

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