Unfortunately, I keep reading about more and more libraries being forced to shut down due to lack of funding. Budget cuts.
There is talk of having librarians work as volunteers. (Hello, many went to college and spent good money to work there, and are having to pay off college loans.) Which is tantamount, to me, of asking school teachers to work for free.
Libraries are more than structures with books. They are an integral part of our communities. Where children go for story hour; where my own children went years ago.
It is where I learned about a world outside my tiny little home town. And discovered my lifelong love of reading.
Schools to are being forced to shut down early. Have school open fewer hours.
Of all the crazy things to take funding from, I think libraries and schools have to be at the top of the list.
So we lovers of books may have to become more creative.
Have you heard about Little Free Library? Would something of this nature interest you as a lover of libraries and books?
Reinventing the library: The movement began in 2009 by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, as a tribute to his mother, who was a book-loving teacher. He built a model of a one-room schoolhouse, put it on a post in his front yard, filled it with books and placed a “Free Books” sign on it.
Like all good ideas, it spread quickly, fueled by social media and word-of-mouth.
Inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s support of public libraries in the 19th and 20th centuries, Bol met his goal of 2,510 Little Free Libraries two years ago.
As of January, more than 15,000 are registered throughout the world.