|02-22-2012, 10:39 PM||#31|
Join Date: Jan 2012
Device: Kobo Touch
I've lived in several different places/countries over the years and one of the first things I've done in every place I've been is join the local library. I don't think there's been a month gone by since I was 8 years old that I wasn't a library member somewhere.
I've shared the checkout counter with kids just barely able to walk and seniors in the same situation. They've taken me from mammoths in the Ice Age to superdreadnoughts in the Honorverse. They've given me a knowledge repository which has taught me about history, literature, geography, economics, law, politics, data processing and any other subject I cared to learn about. I've seen them run reading classes for pre-schoolers, computer classes for seniors, employment classes for those in need, local history classes for residents, travelogues for wanderers - all with a level of knowledge, courtesy and skill rarely found in any other single institution.
The public lending library is one of the great inventions and great social institutions of the modern age. Anyone, corporation or individual, who intends to damage or undercut the provision of the books they lend or the services they provide, particularly in the ruthless pursuit of the almighty dollar, is a Philistine of the first order who deserves to be excoriated by anyone who cares about the society they live in. And if they want to take that particular part of society back to the middle ages then I'd be happy to see them excoriated in the literal sense of the term.
|02-23-2012, 10:40 AM||#32|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Washington, DC
Device: Kobo Wifi (broken), nook STR (returned), Kobo Touch, Sony T1
My mom lives in a rural area. She can't get cable. It's just not available. She can get satellite...but the initial internet connection in her area for SatTV starts at $600+.
She gets 99% of her internet access via dial-up (when available)...and the public library.
|02-23-2012, 11:16 AM||#33|
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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Seattle Metro
Device: Kin7; FHD6; FPhn; SGT4; MotoE2; ClipZip; Echo
|02-24-2012, 02:31 AM||#34|
Join Date: Dec 2011
Device: Sony PRS-T1
Also librarys often keep those older books which just aren't available easily anywhere else. Might not be available in shelfs but you can order them from storage.
|02-25-2012, 07:41 AM||#35|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Personally, I find "26" ridiculous. It has nothing to do with real life expectancy of books and everything to do with a money-grab by another scumbag publisher.
In general, I think we need a LOT fewer laws, but having libraries, ensuring they can obtain materials at REASONABLE prices, and keeping them available and vibrant strikes me as a legitimate public good. I'm in a town with approximately 11,000 residents and we have a public library that's used for a wide variety of purposes from Internet access to public meetings to books, movies, audio books, and so on. But then, I'm an old fart that thinks libraries have great value to a community.
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