Support Embattled Public Libraries

Your DBG for today is to support your public library! Get library cards for you and your family members (if you’re not already card-carrying members) and donate either directly to the library, or to your public library’s “Friends of…” organization.  If you’re not sure where your local library is, go here to find out.

Public libraries are more than books and literacy (though these certainly justify their existence).  Public libraries are community hubs, cultural centers, educational resources, First Amendment defenders, repositories of history, and even part of the social safety net for the most vulnerable among us. Read more here.

Unfortunately, library funding has been hard-hit by the financial meltdown of 2008, and has yet to rebound.  We have a President-elect who has signaled a distinct lack of respect for the free exchange of ideas – public libraries are a key part of a society that values such things.  The wealthy and influential Koch Brothers have funded at least one anti-library initiative. And, most disturbingly, public libraries have become targeted in the surge of hate crimes since the election.

It is more important than ever to support your public libraries however you can!

Want to know more?  Check out these pieces about the importance of public libraries here and here