Inspiration in the Library

By , September 9, 2010 2:40 pm

by Philippe Cloutier

Last week, I moved to Seattle and am now a local LLOPSter! Unfortunately, it happened to be the same week that Seattle Public Library was closed. The week long closure was made necessary due to budget cuts. Being a librarian without a library card felt odd. However, the library system looks to save around $655,000 from this closure alone, and I think I can survive a week. While most patrons, myself included, will complain, shrug, and bide their time, others will take action.

This story, of a young girl in Georgia, is simply encouraging. She chose to take the terrible news that her local library may close or suffer other economic fates and act. 11-year-old Ashley Alderman is organizing a local fundraiser to sell a range of edible treats. She has labelled the event “Eat and Read”. Ashley values not only the books and computers but also her personal relationships with the library. Ocilla, Georgia is lucky to have this young girl taking up the library cause single-handedly.

Libraries and communities can find hope in tales like Alderman’s. It’s not all doom and gloom, especially if we step up to the plate and make a difference.

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