“Open to All,” Public Libraries Remain One of the Better Uses of Taxpayer Dollars

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Clyde Scoles, Executive Director at Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, makes a keen case for libraries! Read the entire article here [The Blade].

When you visit a local library, you see librarians helping people who would not have any other way to use a computer or have a safe place to bring their children. I’ve stood outside the Sanger branch, watching adults and children waiting for the only county library with Sunday hours to open, so they can gain access to computers for employment, do homework, find a book, or have a comfortable, affordable place to work.

As schools reduce their budgets for their own libraries and shorten their classroom hours, children stream to the public library on weekends and after school. Retired teachers staff our homework centers, funded by our Library Legacy Foundation.

Some cities have not preserved their libraries. Surely it is a false economy not to preserve one of the finest community assets, which does not charge membership or credit-card fees or record one’s attendance.

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