Thursday, June 2, 2011

"A Country without Libraries"

"A Country without Libraries" is an important new article by Charles Simic, posted on the NYR Blog (New York Review of Books) on May 18, 2011.

Hartland Four Corners, Vermont, 1994. Robert Dawson’s photos of libraries are currently on view in the exhibition Public Library: An American Commons at the San Francisco Public Library.Here is the opening text:

All across the United States, large and small cities are closing public libraries or curtailing their hours of operations.

Detroit, I read a few days ago, may close all of its branches and Denver half of its own: decisions that will undoubtedly put hundreds of its employees out of work.

When you count the families all over this country who don’t have computers or can’t afford Internet connections and rely on the ones in libraries to look for jobs, the consequences will be even more dire.

People everywhere are unhappy about these closings, and so are mayors making the hard decisions. But with roads and streets left in disrepair, teachers, policemen and firemen being laid off, and politicians in both parties pledging never to raise taxes, no matter what happens to our quality of life, the outlook is bleak.

“The greatest nation on earth,” as we still call ourselves, no longer has the political will to arrest its visible and precipitous decline and save the institutions on which the workings of our democracy depend.
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1 comment:

Mansoor said...

I am very glad to view your article about Libraries death. Internet never make depth in knowledge, Only book can give you an analytical approach. hoping for Good. keep standing until last book stand.