Public Libraries Matter

January 21st, 2013

This week, Forbes published the second article in a two-part series on the changing role of libraries. Public Libraries Matter: And How They Can Do More  covers a broad terrain and, crucially, celebrates the library's role as an "integral part of the fragile ecosystem of reading in America" and as an essential community anchor for civic engagement, job-seeking and other essential activities.

Throughout the article, the role and relevance of libraries across the United States is strongly touted as are the hurdles libraries face in the age of e-books.

Reader responses are fascinating including this one from The Great Read:

"I loved your comprehensive call to action. Our town has proactive librarians that read for pleasure, and in  turn recommend for every age group in our family...I especially appreciated your reminder that despite the tech boom, libraries are still the heart of the community - all walks of life borrow books and music, check out cookbooks and movies, catch up with the New Yorker or American Girl Magazine, get help with homework, further their interest in birding or knitting - all thanks to their library. Libraries are not a destination, they are the transportation. The Grand Central Station of every great city  and town. We have Benjamin Franklin to thank for that."

Read the article and ask yourself, "Are we doing enough?"