Libraries, once considered a necessity, are now seen as a luxury. They are low-hanging fruit for budget pluckers, particularly at the state and local levels of government in communities across the country.
Here's the idea: On March 7, my roommate and I will head outside in Columbia, S.C. For one week, we will leave behind almost everything except the clothes on our backs. Our purpose? To document the homeless experience in our city firsthand.
Substantial gains could be achieved by organizing everyday activities that grow neurological abilities and sustain brain health. If the ordinary citizen is to achieve brain fitness, they'll need to work at it.
Our current economic situation offers each of us an opportunity to realign our values, to stop buying more than we can sustain, and to look out for those who have so much less than they need to survive.
There is a longstanding preemptive element to the public library: for every child or teenager with their head in a textbook or glazing through that day's homework is one less idle mind wreaking criminal havoc.
Libraries exist as centers of culture, community and learning. For many Americans, the public library is the only option they have for financial advice and information to secure their families' futures.