Here's A Nice One off the Tribune Media Services Wire.
The author tells us something we already know, but does it in such a nice way. She says libraries all over the country are suffering from all kinds of woes - funding, patronage, the multitude of issues created by home computers and the Internet.
...the institution of the public library is Americanism at its finest - the trust given anyone, for free, to take away an expensive book (or tape or CD) and use it for up to a month without a penalty. How extraordinary that, given nanny-cams, guard dogs, security systems and towns that require every citizen to own a gun - it still persists."