Trump’s Budget Plans Threaten Library Cut

Trump’s Budget Plans Threaten Library Cut

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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 …

Spokane Public Schools Turn a Cold Shoulder to Librarians

Spokane Public Schools Turn a Cold Shoulder to Librarians

Remember your favorite school librarian? In Spokane, Washington, future students might grow up not knowing what a librarian does. Two weeks ago, the Spokane, Washington Public Schools superintendent announced that librarians in public schools will be laid off before the academic year begins again in the fall, although the libraries themselves—generally very large rooms with hundreds of books and programs and resources that students need assistance navigating—will remain.   Image vIA eLLA’S lIST   Students will still have the opportunity to visit their school’s library, even if there’s no one to help them use it. As for library services, teachers …

‘Book Poverty:’ The Epidemic of Closing Libraries

‘Book Poverty:’ The Epidemic of Closing Libraries

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March 7, 2019 is World Book Day, and fewer children than ever are reading. Budget cuts and library closures are serious threats to childhood literacy—and marginalized communities have been impacted the most severely.   Image Via Cagle Cartoons   Libraries offer more than just books—if books are ever ‘just’ anything. Just a whole world small enough to fit into your backpack? Just a $2,000 plane ticket for the low low price of $0.00? Just a work of art as enduring as any hanging up in a museum (and one that you can take home without being arrested)? Libraries are a …