Many people in my city of 75,000 would be lost without the services my local public library provides. My library lets you borrow books, CD’s, DVD’s, magazines, audio books- has free computer access and free WiFi for it’s patrons, homework help for children, storytelling, a bookmobile, and many additional services, all free to the public. They have a rich resource of titles for e-lending and recently added a program for Kindle owners to borrow as well.
My library offers all of this yet is constantly facing budget cuts causing them to reduce the number of hours the library is open, and increase the cost of healthcare to the people who work there. Two programs designed to help the library generate revenue on its own, are book sales and a “Buy A Book” program, both of which I do my best to support each year.
If you never thought about it before, see if you can set aside a few dollars to donate to your local library – I’m sure they, and all of the people it supports, would greatly appreciate it.