Letters to the Editor or Op-Eds

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Libraries Stand Ready to Help in Tough Economic Times

ALA President Jim RettigBy Jim Rettig, 2008-2009 ALA President and university librarian, University of Richmond and Greg Worrell, president, Scholastic Classroom and Library Group

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.

As one South Florida man discovered, canceling his home Internet access and taking advantage of the free Internet service offered at his local public library could save his family over $700 a year. Continue reading Jim Rettig’s Op-Ed...

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