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I asked myself ‘What would a world without libraries be like’?

A world without libraries would be a world with less access to information, less education, and less opportunity. Libraries provide free access to books, computers, and the internet for people of all ages and backgrounds. They also offer a variety of programs and services, such as story times for children, computer classes for adults, and job search assistance.

Without libraries, many people would be unable to afford to buy books or access the internet. This would make it difficult for them to learn new things, stay informed, and find jobs. Libraries also play an important role in promoting literacy and a love of reading. Without them, children would be less likely to develop the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.

In addition to their educational and informative roles, libraries also serve as important community gathering places. They provide a safe and welcoming space for people to come together to read, learn, and connect with others. Without libraries, communities would be less vibrant and less inclusive.

Here are some specific examples of the negative consequences of a world without libraries:

  • Students would have less access to books and other resources for their schoolwork.
  • Adults would have fewer opportunities to learn new skills and knowledge.
  • Researchers would have difficulty accessing the information they need to conduct their work.
  • People would be more likely to rely on unreliable or biased sources of information.
  • Communities would be less connected and less vibrant.

Overall, a world without libraries would be a world with less access to information, less education, and less opportunity.

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(Mostly) Vegetarian, Politically Progressive, Daily Runner, Spiritual, Helpful, Friendly, Kind, Warm Hearted and Forgiving. Resident of Braintree MA.


Characterizations: right on!

Comments

  1. Bravo Kevin, this retired librarian says thank you!

  2. You nailed it, Kevin. And you didn’t even mention that some kids need a place to hang out after school if they aren’t on sports teams (besides being alone at home), waiting until the time when a parent might make it home.

  3. Khati Hendry says:

    You say it so well–libraries rock. There is an interesting book called, “Knowing what we know” by Simon Winchester, which tracks how knowledge was spread over the ages, the role of books, printing presses, libraries, and public access. A bit on the internet too.

  4. Laurie Levy says:

    I totally agree. Google is no substitute for doing actual research, and some sources are very biased.

  5. Betsy Pfau says:

    You make great points, Kevin. Libraries frequently also have communities spaces where authors can give book talks, or meetings take place. They are a rich place for all sorts of activities for the greater good of the community (I voted at mine during the pandemic when schools were closed – I was about to drop off my early ballot, but saw the short line and got into the spirit).

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