Parents feel special bond with libraries and what they offer to children, families

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  • RunAmuckMom Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2013 8:28 p.m.

    We love our library! It truly is a haven for the whole family!

  • GabyDavis Tegucigalpa , 00
    May 1, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    Reading is so important, let fly the imagination of children, it is amazing to see their faces full of emotion when I read a book of adventures. Reading is a treasure that allows us to see the world through the imagination.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    May 1, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    I must say that I enjoyed going to the local library when I was a child and as a young adult, and found them occasionally useful afterwards too.

    A lot of the books were fiction and much of seemingly little merit, but that was what "fed the many" and you didn't resent that as long as certain standards were maintained. Nowadays with the apparently mandatory "Gay and Lesbian" section and the catering to popular musical and cinematic tastes in the CD and DVD sections etc I question whether libraries are still a totally helpful, or at least innocuous, part of government 'services' or whether they are becoming too politically correct or perhaps too entertainment-oriented.
    I have a personal dislike for the larger, more impersonal, libraries in large, cold, modern buildings.

    I would hate to see libraries disappear, though, and not everyone has a computer, so are there alternatives to public libraries? Private libraries come to mind but you would have to set money aside for that and many people today have little in the way of such funds. The mandatory solution of publicly funded libraries continues to be the best option I suppose, but I have concerns.