23 7 / 2014
"But as the reference to cancelled job hunting classes suggests, slashed library budgets mean more than just waiting longer for a copy of The Goldfinch. Libraries are a part of our ever-shrinking social safety net. The library is the place where people who can’t afford a home computer and Internet connection can apply for jobs (and more jobs require online applications than you would think: retail clerk, hotel maid, custodian…). It’s the place where some of the estimated 60 million Americans who don’t know how to use a computer at all can learn to click a mouse and create an email account. Libraries provide a safe space where parents can take their children for activities that don’t cost anything. In a library, what services or help you get don’t depend on how much money you can spend. It’s a place where if you need help all you have to do is ask."
I’m friends with the author (I even blogged about him at thesomervilleconnection.org), but this is particularly relevant to me this week, wherein I learned that our library can proctor exams for people. For free! I assumed I’d have to pay a stupid amount of money to go into some stupid safe of a room at the end of my class, but instead my local library has totally got my back.
22 7 / 2014
21 7 / 2014