New library for Atlanta Would Reflect a Commitment to Education, Literacy and the City

John F. Szabo, Director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System tells us why libraries make good neighbors in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Among his observations:

“Ten years ago, pundits predicted that the Internet boom and bookstore mega-chains would lead to the demise of the nation’s 16,000 public libraries. In fact the opposite has proven true —- current data show that U.S. library visits have increased each year, and the demand for new and improved spaces is at a record high. Almost 550 public library construction or renovation projects were completed from 2004 through 2006 —- growth unmatched since Carnegie led an effort to build 1,600 new libraries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Fulton County cannot afford to fall behind.”