Librarians may be new defenders of liberty

Charles Walsh Says With the ascendancy of the visual media, the Internet and the general decline in reading books as a way of accumulating knowledge, a person would be forgiven for concluding that public libraries are obsolete — bookisaurus outmodicus lumbering off into some dim swamp of pea-brained extinction.
But a trip to any of the area’s libraries quickly puts the lie to that presumption. It’s been a long time since libraries were hushed palaces filled with dusty tomes and dustier minds. Today, libraries buzz and zoom.