I just got back from a trip to the Napa Valley and San Francisco -- one of my favorite cities -- a place where culture seems particularly vibrant. Case in point, at breakfast the other morning, while reading The San Francisco Chronicle, I came across a story about how the San Francisco libraries are flourishing.
It's heartening to see evidence that libraries can still thrive in an era when books seem to becoming obsolete, and many libraries are struggling with budget cuts. I learned that in 2000, the city passed a bond measure which provided funds to renovate or replace its libraries. Apparently, the local branches have found a way to play a role in their communities, staying relevant to the needs of the people who live there.
Maybe this success story will be a role model for libraries everywhere.
Are you a patron of your local library?