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May 18, 2011


anton martinez

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Janet Evans

The current generation is the future of portable devices for reading material and beyond. They will be visiting "clouds" rather than finding the need for libraries. Libraries in schools are already being reduced by digital media. That's the demand.

The library for the purpose of relieving isolation may need to be combined with community centers. Take taxes (or lack there of) out of the picture and it won't change the fact that literature, research, and study are all evolving. Ben Franklin just might have been excited about an iPad, Kindle and iBooks, don't you think?

John Michlig

More food for thought before I reply -

From a story called, "Now That We Have Starbuck, Do We Really Need Libraries Anymore?" (http://www.hartfordadvocate.com/news/opinion/ht-now-that-we-have-starbucks-do-we-really-need-libraries-any-more-20110519,0,2501632.story)

"In California, Governor Jerry Brown wants to eliminate the $30.4 million the state sprinkles on its 1,116 public libraries each year and leave their financing entirely up to local municipalities. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to cut $40 million from the public library system's $260 million annual budget. In 2009 and 2010, 15 percent of the nation's 9,221 public libraries reduced their operating hours as a result of diminishing state and local revenues."

Fred Keller

As you well know, under Gov. Walker’s budget plan, when the “sky falls,” elected officials in Wisconsin cities, school districts, etc., can raise taxes through a referendum.

Janet makes some valid points. Being an inventor himself, I would agree that Ben Franklin would have been excited about the iPad, Kindle and iBooks--Thomas Jefferson, even more so.

John Michlig

"Ben Franklin just might have been excited about an iPad, Kindle and iBooks, don't you think?"

Both of you are going to have to tell me what that has to do with strangling libraries, the last non-retail Public Commons that exists.

Both of you have access to Google - - do I have to tell you what they said when MOVABLE TYPE was invented?

If you went to the library, you could look it up - - and perhaps get the able assistance of a librarian.

Apparently, everyone can afford internet access, a computer, an iPad, or a Kindle?

"The library, I believe, is the last of our public institutions to which you can go without credentials. You don't even need the sticker on your windshield that you need to get into the public beach. All you need is the willingness to read." Harry Golden

John Michlig

My longer (still incomplete) response:

Janet Evans

"Apparently, everyone can afford internet access, a computer, an iPad, or a Kindle?"

I agree, they can't. I know for a fact there are families in the Franklin Public Schools who can't.

And therefore, they may not be able to afford, "the cost of a single night out in a restaurant" either.

Every time someone wants something it is equated to a few cups of coffee,a night out at a restaurant... how about a tank of gas? Who are we to judge what anyone can afford now?

More in a comment on your next post.

The Mom

We just visited two threatened libraries this week Troy Public Library and Detroit Public Libraries Main Branch. (Thankfully DPL is not closing branches: http://www.detnews.com/article/20110521/METRO01/105210351/1409/Library-board--All-branches-will-stay-open--no-layoffs--) and TPL is open for the time being:http://www.freep.com/article/20110516/NEWS03/110516075/In-Troy-library-gets-reprieve-residents-vote-tax-hike

Visiting these places reminded us ("us" being a mom, a dad and two little girls) what libraries are all about: so much more than just books.

We're writing articles on our experience at both this week (http://www.booksforwallsproject.org) --from help for homeless to learning about our past (DPL's Genealogy archives are unreal...)and for the 13-18 year old set there is nothing that compares to their Helping Young People Excel program... inspired!

John Michlig

I had heard that Detroit was closing nearly every branch library - it's a relief to know that some remain open!

The Mom

Here is article on Detroit Public Library! http://www.booksforwallsproject.org/2011/06/rediscovering-detroit-public-library.html Very happy place ;)

Coming Soon Troy Public Library! Happy Weekend!

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