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The Most Important Building in Town

This week longtime library supporter (and cross country ski enthusiast) Ruth Hayes shared an article from Yankee magazine called “The Most Important Building in Town.” Written by well-known New Hampshire writer and author Edie Clark, the article about libraries ends by saying:

The small town library, once a place of sometimes-dusty books, has found a way to not only survive in this new world but to be indispensable.  The idea that books are or will become obsolete is a bit premature.  What they’ve always given us will remain even though the delivery system may change.  As far as I can tell, the library can still take us not only back to the 19th century, but ahead into the 21st century.

Phase 1 doesn't quite look like this yet, but it won't be long now.

So just what do libraries give us, you ask? According to author janet jai in her new book Saving Our Public Libraries: Why we Should. How We Can, the library is the space that makes possible key interactions between people of all ages and:

  • books (and many other materials),
  • computers,
  • librarians, and
  • ideas.

“Equally important these days, public libraries are community anchors and places of safety,” jai writes.

Why is the library important to you? Please post your thoughts in the comments.

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