Libraries are sanctuaries for learning. They are storage facilities filled with knowledge providing precious resources for current and future generations. Many books and periodicals no longer available anywhere else are preserved in libraries. Libraries are essential research conduits for writers, doctors, business people, scientist and just about everyone else. They are also on the frontlines against censorship.Bette Davis fights censorship in Storm Center
Today, libraries are not just for books and periodicals. Today, libraries have audio books and movies available for loan. They provide free classes on computer training and other educational opportunities. They present art exhibits, film showings, author presentations, talks, and a multitude of other programs for adults and kids. Libraries are a central part of your home town.
The first modern day public supported library opened in Peterborough, New Hampshire back in 1833.
Don’t let local politicians ever tell you, when they want to cut funding, libraries are not essential. Today, more than ever, they are a fundamental fabric of each and every community.
The first two images below are of the New York Public Library (main branch). It’s the second largest in the world.
The following photographs are of two small libraries in quaint New England towns.
Southwest Harbor, Maine Library
Hancock, Vermont Library
Use, support, defend and fight for your library!