Friday, October 7, 2011

Hope for libraries

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?

3 comments:

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

I patronize my local library, pizza joint, post office, traffic light, sidewalk, gutter, gym and oxygen.
Sincerely,
Blog Patronizer

Kenda Turner said...

If I don't get there this week, I'll have a stack of overdue books!

Yes, the library is one of my favorite places. I am a big supporter. Some of my favorite summer memories this year is those of taking my grandkids to the children's book hours there :-)

Also love San Francisco. Only been there once, but would love to visit again!

Megan Frances said...

Dear Blog Patronizer,
I really appreciate your patronage of this blog!

I agree, Kenda. Since childhood, I've always thought of the library as a kind of haven.