Traditional brick and mortar libraries all over are getting the ax when budget cut times come.
Claire: What do you think the public library is for?
Haley: I thought that was a bathroom for homeless people.
I'm not sure I agree with this, besides a place for homeless people to use the bathroom, as per Modern Family, there are many positive benefits for an old school bookhouse. Besides free internet, free newspapers/magazines, paper records archives and the ability for my wife to be in a book club and not have to pay $20/book for chick-lit, they really do serve a purpose. Check out how far one town went to save their library (link below).
In the UK, the friends of Stony Stratford Library organized a viral campaign via facebook and twitter (as ironic as that sounds) to collectively check out ALL of the library's media. At one point librarians were stamping at a rate of 380/hour.
From the article:
'The library is the one place where you find five-year-olds and 90-year-olds together, and it's where young people learn to be proper citizens'. It's crazy even to consider closing it.'
Other book-related links.
Check out what books were on the best seller list on your 0th birthday -> http://bit.ly/hcJMQ3
Montgomery County, MD starts some major cuts -> http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/02/AR2011010203094.html