[PW] immodest (and self-servingly off-point) proposal: "Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money"
foxbrick at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 23 01:43:47 PDT 2018
Courtesy Kate Laity:
'Twaddle': librarians respond to suggestion Amazon should replace libraries
On Sunday, July 22, 2018, 7:03:43 PM EDT, Todd Mason <foxbrick at yahoo.com> wrote:
Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money
Amazon should open their own bookstores in all local communities. They can replace local libraries and save taxpayers lots of money, while enhancing the value of their stock.
There was a time local libraries offered the local community lots of services in exchange for their tax money. They would bring books, magazines, and journals to the masses through a borrowing system. Residents could borrow any book they wanted, read it, and return it for someone else to read.
They also provided residents with a comfortable place they could enjoy their books. They provided people with a place they could do their research in peace with the help of friendly librarians. Libraries served as a place where residents could hold their community events, but this was a function they shared with school auditoriums. There’s no shortage of places to hold community events.
Libraries slowly began to service the local community more. Libraries introduced video rentals and free internet access. The modern local library still provides these services, but they don’t have the same value they used to. The reasons why are obvious.
One such reason is the rise of “third places” such as Starbucks. They provide residents with a comfortable place to read, surf the web, meet their friends and associates, and enjoy a great drink. This is why some people have started using their loyalty card at Starbucks more than they use their library card.
forward by Todd Masonhttps://socialistjazz.blogspot.com/2018/07/fridays-forgotten-books-and-more-links.html
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