Will occupying libraries work out?

23 Dec

It is tragic to see all the libraries closing down this year, I understand with the times as they are and the library turn outs decreasing a few closures are necessary. We may not like to but every now and then they need to go.

What is heart breaking is when I well loved and actively used library has to bite the dust.

I just came across this great article. The Lincoln branch of the Detroit Library system is being closed down, despite a public outcry, not only is it well loved in the community it also serves as the only library for a local elementary school to use. The public were so outraged they tried to stage a sit in, it didn’t take long for police to arrive and load up all the protesters into a van to ship them off.

If protesting doesn’t pull it off, they also give us a painfully sweet letter from one of the local fifth grade students who have to rely on this library to do his school work and practice his reading

“Hey,                                                                                                                                                                    My name is Benny and please don’t shut down our library. It’s the best library ever. I go to Mason Elementary and I have to do my science project at home. But I can’t, because I don’t have a computer. So I have to do my project somewhere else. And that’s at the Lincoln branch.                                                                           Also I like to read books because my reading teacher said I had to pull my reading level up and I’m at a second grade reading level. And I’m in the fifth grade.                                                                                            Please don’t close the Lincoln branch.                                                                                                          Sincerely,                                                                                                                                             Benny”

I can only hope this library can be saved.


Posted by on December 23, 2011 in News


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3 responses to “Will occupying libraries work out?

  1. Samantha

    December 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Great letter. If it was up to me, I’d build more just based on that!

  2. Anna Drake

    December 24, 2011 at 6:11 am

    That is an sad story. Even though I am an ebook writer, I hate to see libraries close.

  3. Alexia Casale

    December 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    We’re seeing a lot of this in the UK too… but locally we’ve also seen something very uplifting: two of the county libraries that have recently been closed have almost instantly re-opened as charities staffed by volunteers. So there’s something to give you heart over the holidays. Perhaps this needs to become a bigger trend? After all, communities are dissolving. Maybe running libraries together would be a way forwards?


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