Thursday, September 3, 2009

Damn economy

As of Monday, all Seattle Public Libraries are closed for a week, due to budget cuts. Even the book drops and the online catalogue are closed. And it's always the things like schools and libraries that get cut, isn't it? Why is that?

I have plenty to read at home, of course, and it's removing the temptation of the library, but I have to confess to a certain panic at the idea of being completely unable to use my library. That's never happened to me before. The library is a very solid, ever-present thing that's been a crucial part of my life since before I can remember, and for this week it effectively does not exist. I must admit to feeling a little cast adrift.

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