Opinion | To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library - The New York Times


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Is the public library obsolete? A lot of powerful forces in society seem to think so. In recent years, declines in the circulation of bound books in some parts…
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Is the public library obsolete? A lot of powerful forces in society seem to think so. In recent years, declines in the circulation of bound books in some parts…
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5 days ago by flobosg
"Libraries are being disparaged and neglected at precisely the moment when they are most valued and necessary. Why the disconnect? In part it’s because the founding principle of the public library — that all people deserve free, open access to our shared culture and heritage — is out of sync with the market logic that dominates our world. ..."
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8 days ago by mjb
Is the public library obsolete? A lot of powerful forces in society seem to think so. In recent years, declines in the circulation of bound books in some parts…
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8 days ago by edmadrid
Is the public library obsolete? A lot of powerful forces in society seem to think so. In recent years, declines in the circulation of bound books in some parts…
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8 days ago by Shurs
This crucial institution is being neglected just when we need it the most.
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8 days ago by beery
This crucial institution is being neglected just when we need it the most.
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8 days ago by heapdump
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“Libraries are being disparaged and neglected at precisely the moment when they are most valued and necessary.” https://t.co/9md4Djsjx3

— Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) September 11, 2018
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8 days ago by Ryanvlower
In San Jose, Calif., just down the road from Facebook, Google and Apple, the public library budget is so tight that users with overdue fees above $20 aren’t allowed to borrow books or use computers. According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, about half of all Americans ages 16 and over used a public library in the past year, and two-thirds say that closing their local branch would have a “major impact on their community.” Libraries don’t just provide free access to books and other cultural materials, they also offer things like companionship for older adults, de facto child care for busy parents, language instruction for immigrants and welcoming public spaces for the poor, the homeless and young people. Though American cities are growing more ethnically, racially and culturally diverse, they too often remain divided and unequal, with some neighborhoods cutting themselves off from difference — sometimes intentionally, sometimes just by dint of rising costs — particularly when it comes to race and social class. Eric Klinenberg ( @EricKlinenberg ), a professor of sociology and the director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, is the author of the forthcoming book “Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life,” from which this essay is adapted.
9 days ago by sechilds
RT : Best op-ed of the week. Libraries are amazing. Librarians are amazing. Fund them.
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9 days ago by girma
RT : Best op-ed of the week. Libraries are amazing. Librarians are amazing. Fund them.
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10 days ago by lgalli
This crucial institution is being neglected just when we need it the most. Mr. Klinenberg is a sociologist. via Pocket
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10 days ago by Werderbach
This crucial institution is being neglected just when we need it the most. Mr. Klinenberg is a sociologist. via Pocket
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10 days ago by k2theiely
To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library
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10 days ago by soepstad
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11 days ago by LibrariesVal
If we have any chance of rebuilding a better society, social infrastructure like the library is precisely what we need.
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11 days ago by agfa8x
To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library
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11 days ago by shawnday
This crucial institution is being neglected just when we need it the most. Mr. Klinenberg is a sociologist.
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11 days ago by WFreeland
To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library
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11 days ago by mathpunk
And this from the NYT on public libraries - > one of the few places you can sit indoors in…
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11 days ago by jamiemchale
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“The founding principle of the public library — that all people deserve free, open access to our shared culture and heritage — is out of sync with the market logic that dominates our world...” Fighting against this gets me out of bed every damn morning. https://t.co/Z5ubefBhOM

— Heather Joseph (@hjoseph) September 9, 2018
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11 days ago by claireb
RT : To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library
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12 days ago by mshook