The reality is very different. Libraries are places where children and adults alike gather, where research is done on computers, not on bulky encyclopedias. They are places where an unemployed worker can put together a resume on a library computer and write cover letters to accompany it as jobs are sought.
It is a place where children without computers in their homes can study. It is a place of refuge and a place where staff members are all too willing to help anyone who walks in the door.
As in all other areas these days, libraries are feeling the economic pinch. Municipal governments can’t contribute as much as usual to their operation. There is not as much money for new books or new anything really.
Hours have been cut. Schedules are been rearranged. And in Childersburg the staff has had to cope with thieves who stole computers.
But still, as a story in Sunday’s Daily Home showed, libraries in Talladega, Sylacauga, Pell City Childersburg are still open for business, still serving the communities who depend on them.
We commend the libraries for their dedication. Many of them have programs that allow patrons to contribute money to help them operate. If you can, give the library a few dollars.
It’s a great investment.