Last week I attended the Massachusetts Library Association’s Rally for Libraries at the State House in Boston. Librarians came from all over the state to hold signs and lobby that libraries not receive any further cuts in state funding.
As protesters, librarians are, well, very polite. We held our signs and smiled. We cheered when a speaker said something great. We chanted – but rather quietly. Librarians just aren’t cut out to be protesters!
But we are cut out to serve the people of Massachusetts. Libraries get busier than ever during times of economic difficulties. People come to us for help with resumes and job searches. They check out books rather than buying them. They borrow DVDs and books on tape and attend free programs. Libraries, if you will, level the playing field.
And yet we are so often an easy target when it comes to making budget cuts. I truly hope that will not be the case this time as we have been cut to the bone already.
So, please, Governor Patrick and members of the legislative body of Massachusetts – remember how important libraries are to the citizens of our commonwealth.
Don’t close the books on libraries.