Libraries are important

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Letters to the Editor | Comments Off on Libraries are important

 

April 23, Mail Tribune:

Even if one never enters our libraries, supporting them keeps our property values from falling and our crime rate down.

In a recent Pew Research Center report, 90 percent of Americans said closing libraries would have a major impact on their communities. In fact, 95 percent of these citizens said that the materials and resources available at public libraries are important in giving anyone the chance to succeed. In addition, 95 percent of those surveyed said that public libraries promote literacy and a love of reading.

The report also found that 94 percent report a public library improves the quality of life in a community. If we don’t support our libraries, we will end up just paying more in many other negative ways. — Ed Polish, Ashland