The Sunday Salon – Closure

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.

 

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11 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon – Closure

  1. Oh, I am saddened by closures of business due to the economy…and bookstores and libraries hit us book lovers right where it hurts most.

    There have been times in the past when the libraries were open only during a very limited range of hours (in California, due to Proposition 13 funding cuts). But closures feel like death. And sometimes there is no resurrection.

    My thoughts are with your community.

    Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST

  2. Oh it’s so scary at the moment, to see all these libraries and bookstores under threat. The same thing is happening in the UK – just recently there was a push to see if libraries could be staffed by unpaid volunteers. And of course, loads of people volunteered, which only makes this more likely to be the solution. I mean, it’s good in one way because I’d hate to see the libraries shut down, but it makes me mad that governments won’t staff them and fund them properly when they are SO important.

  3. Libraries are so much more than places to pick up books and if those with authority over government budgets really took a look at the spectrum of social services offered they would have to think twice about making libraries the targets of such drastic cuts.

  4. As Litlove said, we have the same problem in the Uk. The branch library that I used to take my two eldest children to is going to be closed unless someone can come up with either a different premises for it or a donation of enough money to keep it going – volunteers to run it aren’t enough in this case as the council say its current building is too expensive to keep going (it’s a Victorian former vicarage). It makes me very sad because the library helped keep me sane as a stay at home mum with very limited finances and the children loved being able to go and choose their own books – even if they often chose the same ones!
    Sadly our branches of Borders closed over a year ago now – they are much missed too as we are left with just Waterstones and W H Smith, and our branch of the former seems to be getting more limited by the week.

  5. Thanks for your comments, all – sadly, you haven’t made me feel any better about the situation! It’s a rather frightening situation, isn’t it?

    I have loved and used the library here for my entire life. We have a lovely new facility that was built about 5 years ago, and I’m so proud of it. We’ve always had very good support for our library, especially considering this is not an affluent area at all, especially in comparison with the city I wrote about in my post. Our library just cut their hours of operation, and is no longer open on weekends. I hope this isn’t the beginning of the end.

  6. Isn’t it exciting that it all turned out GOOD!!! Thanks for helping spread the word Becca, we are Finally catching up to life post SAVING TROY LIBRARY!!!

    Here is a link to all the good news! http://www.booksforwallsproject.org/2011/08/breaking-news-troy-library-wins-millage.html

    We are about to achieve non-profit status and plan to launch a campaign for of fun to help promote (and save) libraries!! Have faith, libraries are not going anywhere if we can help it 😉

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