“When economic times get tough, the average American family’s solution is to get creative. In rethinking their budgets, many families across the country are turning to a familiar place – the public library.”
Jim Rettig, president of the American Library Association, wrote these opening remarks in December 08 at Huffington Post. Seattle families and individuals are doing just that. According to a Seattle Times article from January 09 circulation, online use, and visits to our libraries are greatly increased over last year. When economics create widespread needs and inequalities, we become more aware that libraries play an essential role of support for our communities and families. Libraries bridge digital divides and economic gaps. Please be vocal in your support of libraries as CityCouncil readjusts the 2009-2010 City budget this April. Times are tough. We need full access to our libraries now more than ever.