I am a book lover and a library lover. My step-mother is a librarian and I worked at a public library when I was in high school. My mother-in-law and her friends worked diligently for the past few months on a ballot iniative to fund the Jackson County Libraries. All of the libraries in the county were forced to shut down last month when a levy last November failed. A new levy to reopen the libraries was pretty firmed voted down tonight.
It is sad to me that not everyone sees the value of the public library. As a poor kid growing up, my family never could have afforded the number of books needed to keep up with my voracious reading habit. I didn’t have a computer up through high school (actually I didn’t get a computer until graduate school) so I relied on the school and library computers to get my papers written. What will this mean for the people of Jackson that rely on the books and other services that the libary provides? What does this say about how society values education? Losing valuable community resources like public libraries will continue to drive a wedge between the haves and have-nots. I worry about those bright kids in Jackson county.