Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Challenge to Indianapolis-Marion County: Stand Up For Libraries

Link to April 13 Indystar op-ed column by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, "Let's make stand for libraries".

Excerpt:   How can we support efforts to increase literacy and then close library branches in the poorest areas of our city? How can we ask parents to read more to their children and then take away the availability of free literature? How can we recognize the significance of computer learning and then block the important access to technology that libraries provide? How can we advocate for healthy places for children to hang out, to keep them off the streets and from getting in trouble, and then close one of the safest havens for them to gather?

Free libraries are as essential to the future of democracy as public education. Access to knowledge should not be the exclusive right of those who can afford it

Related articles:
Library rally caps?  Get real, sez IndyStar editorial.  (4/12/2010)
Will Indianapolis rally for its libraries?  (4/12/2010)
Library considers branch closings.  (4/9/2010)

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