I was going to write a post about this: ‘Libraries Have Had Their Day,’ Says ‘Horrible Histories’ Author.
But then I went on the road for a week, and when I came back the estimable John Scalzi was already on the case: A Personal History of Libraries.
I can’t help but think that there are two kinds of people who believe that shutting down public libraries is a good idea: the ones who, not being bookish people themselves, have no idea how important libraries are to people, bookish or otherwise, on limited budgets; and the ones who know exactly how important library access is to such people, and have their own selfish reasons for wanting to deny it to them.
(We need a better class of robber baron for this new Gilded Age of ours. At least Andrew Carnegie built libraries, instead of trying to tear them down.)