I’m looking forward to viewing the work displayed in the Requiem for the Bibliophile exhibit; however, as Twain might agree, the reports of the death of libraries have been greatly exaggerated. A recent study by the Pew Research Center indicates 94 percent of Americans feel a library greatly improves the quality of life in a community. Libraries are quiet, safe places where all are welcome — it’s not just about the books; it’s about the resources that include helpful, knowledgeable human beings.

For the past year, the residents of the small town of Los Alamos been raising funds to reopen their library, which was closed in 1988. Not a single person has asked why. Sometimes you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.


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