As Library use increases across the country newspapers, television networks and radio stations are taking note of the valuable services and resources available at the library. The following is a short collection of some of the recent articles and features shinning the spotlight on libraries.
Wall St. Journal: "The financial crisis has caused a lot of withdrawals at the public library.
A few years ago, public libraries were being written off as goners. The Internet had made them irrelevant, the argument went. But libraries across the country are reporting jumps in attendance of as much as 65% over the past year, as newly unemployed people flock to branches to fill out résumés and scan ads for job listings."http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123197709459483585.html
Huffington Post: "When economic times get tough, the average American family's solution is to get creative. In rethinking their budgets, many families across the country are turning to a familiar place - the public library."http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/mediapresscenter/presskits/librariesintougheconomictimes/rettighuffingtonpost.cfm
Washington Post: " Nearly every study table is full with patrons sipping lattes and surfing the Web. Teens are curled up in easy chairs. In a worried knot by the doorway, job seekers gather around a sign-up station for the Internet, waiting for their turn." http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/news.jsp?key=346145&rc=me
New York Times editorial pages: "Fewer people bought books, CD’s, and DVD’s in 2008 than in the year before. The number of moviegoers and concertgoers shrank last year, too, though rising ticket prices in both cases offset declining sales. Theater attendance, overall, is also down." http://freakonomics.blog.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/the-public-library-renaissance/
MSNBC: "Libraries Offer Free Relief from Tough Times."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/28165432 - 28165432
CBS NEWS: " Americans are saving money, and keeping the looming recession at bay, by going to their local libraries"
" In the face of rising gas and food prices, many financially strapped American families are turning to the library" http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4335685n%3fsource=search_video
National Public Radio: "Libraries today have become multimedia centers, offering not only books but DVDs, e-books and Internet access. They can also be an especially important community resource during times of economic hardship."
http://wamu.org/programs/dr/09/01/07.php - 24509
"Libraries Shine In Tough Economic Times"