In a recent North Denver Tribune article on amendments 60, 61, & 101, Gregory Golyansky stated his distaste for libraries:
“Why are we lavishly spending money on libraries? It is akin to spending money on horse stable when the automobile was clearly taking over the roadways. The internet will replace the citizens’ need to go to library for paper books and other resources available in the public library system.”
Well, Mr Golyansky, we couldn’t disagree more. Libraries are obsolete? The Internet will soon replace paper books? We don’t think so.
Libraries play a vital role in communities all across the world, and they have done so since the beginning of civilization. They are safe havens of knowledge that provide the space, materials, and environment for intellectual development.
For many of us, the library is a luxury that seems almost too good to be true. Where else will we find unlimited access to countless books, movies, music albums, magazines, newspapers, community workshops, story hours, public study space and much, much more?
Those of us who take full advantage of the public library system know that it is a treasure—one of the ultimate gifts of our government.
Some of our best childhood memories are visits to the library. Quietly rushing back and forth between the stacks of children’s books, we chose our favorites, took chances on others, and developed a life-long love for reading within those library walls.
When we do not have Internet access in our homes, the library is our favorite Wi-Fi hotspot. When researching an exciting new topic, the library offers an almost endless support system of learning. When we cannot afford to purchase the numerous books on our must-read list, the library becomes our most generous lender. And when our homes are crammed with the noise of modern life, the library offers its most valuable gift of all—peace and quiet.
Does this happen in cyberspace?
Does this connection to a community of active learners seem obsolete?
Vote no on amendments 60, 61, and 101. Save our libraries, our communities, our knowledge.