The Public Library – Is it still relevant?

There is a story being run on one of the local news broadcasters about a new program being run by some public libraries. The program allows patrons to pay off late fees by coming into the library, putting butts on seats and “reading off the debt”. Personally I think this is a great idea. Anything that encourages people to read more and maybe expand their knowledge is a good thing right?

Well sadly not everyone thinks so. In fact I was a little shocked by the loathing that some people seem to have for public libraries. Now I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised, this is Utah after all. But the resentment that I see towards anything that might help in the education of the future generations is, to be honest, sickening. So the question I have is: How common is this? How do you feel about public libraries? Are they still relevant?

I have set up a poll to try and gauge how people feel (over in the right hand column). Tell your friends and have them vote.

The lose of our public libraries would be devastating to this country and to it’s future.