A few weeks ago I was introduced to a video called, “The Dangerous Myth About Libraries.” I was intrigued by the speech because it has brought my attention to points that I had failed to consider.

I believe that in the midst of the technology era we, as a society, fail to see the importance of libraries. However, what we need to realize is that libraries have evolved; they are no longer solely about the books. Instead, they have adapted to serve the needs of modern communities.

As Laurinda points out, many libraries provide job searching and resume services. Which, in turn, can help lower an economy’s unemployment rate.

Furthermore, libraries make the internet readily available to those who cannot afford it or do not have access to it at home; which is important in today’s society. Without the internet, people can become closed off from the world; if you don’t believe me, try going for a week without going online. Harder yet, try obtaining a job without access to the internet.

You see, these are some of the many reasons that libraries are vital to communities. However, with many misconceptions about libraries floating around; library funding is at risk for getting cut. As a result, I believe that this particular video is crucial for people to watch. You may be surprised at just how much your local library can do for you.

It is up to us to protect our libraries.

Published by Melissa Rose