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Tue Sep 18, 2018, 06:36 PM

Want to Defend Democracy? Start with your public library.

It’s not surprising, then, that in a time such as this, people are turning to their local library for information. Pew Research Center recently found that 87 percent of millennials say the library “helps them find information that is trustworthy and reliable.” Seventy-four percent of baby boomers say the same.

It’s also not surprising that the Trump administration doesn’t seem to like libraries. Earlier this year, the administration moved to cut funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In late August, the Senate, rebuffing the administration, approved a funding increase for the institute. As Sue Halpern, a scholar in residence at Middlebury College, explained in the Nation, the institute has been “crucial for sustaining libraries, especially those in struggling urban neighborhoods and rural areas.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/want-to-defend-democracy-start-with-your-public-library/2018/09/18/7addf05a-bab2-11e8-9812-a389be6690af_story.html?utm_term=.d6797978f5df&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

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We don't need no stinkin' information! Trump tells us what we need to know!


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