Well, it looks like this isn’t a debate at all, unless you live in an ignorant backwater town like I do.
septimus, I’ve played the fire department card when trying to debate this with “close the library” people. I’ve never personally used the fire department. I still want to fund it in case its needed.
boytyperanma While I don’t consider myself to be affluent by any means, I could probably budget money for the fees. I borrow dead tree books, audio books and ebooks all the time. Your post gave me more ammo for the fight, though. Libraries are good for the environment. I rarely read/listen to the same book twice, so if I had to buy them, they would be used once and then donated/tossed into the landfill.
Many people who use the computers are just playing farmville, but a lot of people use the library computers to get jobs. When they get jobs, they will start paying taxes and buying things to help stimulate the economy. This is a good thing in my mind.
GreasyJack good point about the ebooks. All you need is a library card number and a computer to get them at my library. They are very limited, so I usually get mine online for free.
The library in a different county has recently expanded their collection of ebooks to 50,000 titles. Next time I’m in that county I plan to pay the $75 a year fee for a library card. I don’t live there, I don’t pay taxes there, so I don’t have a problem with paying to use their service.
monstro some of the people who want fees for the library complain about the homeless. I think that is so heartless that I can’t even reply.
While I know that “think about the children” is so overdone, when it comes to public libraries, someone has to do it. I think that if someone doesn’t learn to love to read as a child, they won’t do it as an adult.
My clerk might read a book a year. He says that if its a good book, the movie will come out and he will watch that. He is semi-aware of what’s happening in the world, but he has no idea about the back story and was honestly surprised when I told him that many people in Canada speak French.
I WANT to be surrounded by well educated people, and I think that reading is a very important part of that.