“Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this.” — Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison hits the nail on the head. A civilization that would jeopardize this access has taken a step backward. Often the value of a library is framed as a utilitarian argument: What are they good for? Can’t people get books and information else where? However, there are some things we value because they are imbedded in the foundation of our culture and not for their pragmatic use. Strong arguments can be made that libraries aid in job training, early literacy, employment and other tangible benefits; however, the library is also important for supporting the purist of knowledge as an intrinsic value. This election season, when you participate in our democratic civilization, no matter who you are voting for and if it is on the ballot, vote to support your library.