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Justifying Need

March 16, 2007

I’ve been reading a great deal lately about the fact that despite being free, libraries still are not being utilized as much as they could be and even threatened in their existence. I personally don’t believe libraries will cease to exist, but one of my experiences with my local library is the idea that because their free, they don’t have to put forth much effort. Despite being a librarian, I don’t frequent our public library as much as should. Mostly these is due to time constraints but also because they don’t exactly fit my needs. I’m more willing to go out and buy the sources just because it is easier to do so. Also, because I work, I don’t always have time to attend their programs. As a mother of young child I find that story time for example does not fit in a time slot for me. My sitter doesn’t take my child to story time and since it is only offered during the day, I can’t take her. Luckily, I read to her. Most parents don’t.

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