To book readers everywhere, libraries are important. They provide a pressure-free environment for people to enjoy books and literature that isn’t present anywhere else. Sadly, however, libraries are under attack. For the fourth time during his presidency, Trump and his administration want to get rid of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This choice is part of Trump’s 2021 budget that will push more funding towards military defense and NASA while cutting funds for social programs like Medicare, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the IMLS.
These cuts directly impact communities that revolve around their public spaces and social programs. In places like Cambria Heights in Queens, New York, this cut would remove the public library that serves as an educational space for the children who attended the nearby school.
Thankfully, Trump’s plans have not come to fruition. This is mainly because of pushback from library supporters and book readers alike. In the past three years, funding for libraries and the IMLS has actually continued to rise. This is quite exciting, but we can’t let people forget that libraries are an important part of every community. Like the president of the American Library Association (ALA), Wanda Brown, stated, libraries serve everyone in the community. “[The elimination of] federal funding for libraries [will eliminate] opportunities to serve veterans, upskill underemployed Americans, start and grow small businesses, teach our kids to read, and give greater access to people with print disabilities in our communities.”
Libraries are a necessity for the public and should be treated as such by the government. The ALA stresses that supporters of libraries and library services should email or contact their congressional representatives to ensure the future of libraries across the country. And don’t forget to visit your local library, check out some books, and enjoy the services provided.
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