Dallas City Hall’s neglect of the public libraries is a civic embarrassment.
It’s a wonder that city leaders profess world-class ambitions even as funding for the library system is lower than a decade ago. Hours remain curtailed from the 2008 economic nose dive, and laid-off employees have not been restored.
A healthy library system is not a mere amenity. It’s a foundational piece of a city’s educational picture and a community nerve center.
In the Internet age, the public library is not just a musty book warehouse. It’s a place where a family on a budget can check out DVDs, audiobooks and CDs. Its computer terminals are a vital link for low-income students who need a place to do schoolwork and for job seekers looking to bootstrap themselves up. They are essential places for people to better themselves.
Dallas’ libraries serve as a home base for outside groups to hold ESL, GED and citizenship classes, childhood literacy programs and job-search training. Experts go there to give advice on preparing taxes and nurturing small businesses. Teens have someplace safe to meet.
Newspaper Editorial: “Dallas City Hall Must Stop Neglect of Libraries”
Filed by July 27, 2013on