Borders bookstores were in the news last week, at least here in Michigan where the chain began. It appears more and more likely the store will liquidate completely, rather than reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. That makes me sad, because Borders is Michigan company and I hate to see (another!) Michigan company bite the dust.
But there’s something that’s altogether more frightening to me than the closure of a bookstore chain, and that’s the potential closure of a library. The library in Troy, Michigan, an upscale suburb about 30 miles east of me, is in a very clear and present danger of being forced to close its doors. It’s survival depends, of course, on money. A millage vote is scheduled on August 2 that will determine the library’s fate.
The Books for Walls Project, one of my favorite book blogs because it’s produced as a family affair, has mounted a wonderful informational and motivational campaign – Save Troy Library Tuesday. With only three weeks left until the vote, it’s so important to encourage people within communities to value their libraries, even if it means parting with a few more of our admittedly hard earned dollars.
I know if I had to choose, I’d rather spend the money to maintain my library than to maintain a bookstore. Libraries give everyone the opportunity to read, and to gather information, and to learn about books and the changes they can make in your life. That’s a valuable commodity for any community, and definitely one worth saving.