FOX Chicago News Features Anti-Library Story

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Last month, FOX newsperson Anna Davlantes (Chicago) contributed an unfortunate piece of so-called “news” entitled Are Libraries Necessary, or a Waste of Tax Money? They eat up millions of your hard earned tax dollars. It’s money that could be used to keep your child’s school running. So with the internet and e-books, do we really need millions for libraries? Well, Anna, now that you asked! The library’s placement in America as a public domain that houses children and adults, providing them with tools for education and growth, is an undeniable institution that one would likely claim remains integral to our communities. But why take my word for it? Take a look at Why The Next Big Pop-Culture Wave After Cupcakes Might Be Libraries (NPR). Then check out U.S. Public Libraries: We Lose Them at our Peril (LA Times), and since this article was written by Marilyn Johnson, author of This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, you’ve got further reading practically built in! You can find a copy at your local branch library no doubt. I digress. Chicago Public Library Commissioner has promtly responded herself to the above mentioned story. Read the text of Mary A. Dempsey’s Letter to the Editor here.

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