The library isn’t just a happy place (though it is definitely a happy place). The library is also a center for the free exchange of information, which is vital to our democracy. The library assists us beyond getting us copies of our favorite books; libraries contain job centers, meeting spaces, assisting with taxes or voter registration, homework help, and access to technology for people who might not have any. Libraries are known to create economic value by increasing literacy in populations, helping people apply for jobs, and providing research materials for small businesses.
In the coming weeks, months, and years, we will need to ensure that our libraries get the support that they need if and when politicians suggest that libraries be de-funded (which seems likely in a political climate that abhors information). Here are ways that you can start supporting your local library right now.
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