This morning, I headed over to my feed reader for a quick look at the headlines. The sad reality that the library in my city, Troy, Michigan, will be closing on May first was the first thing to greet me. Tweets showing that the Libraries in Birmingham and Rochester Hills will not serve Troy residents, even for a fee, were front and center. Look for yourself, if you need a good cry: http://twitter.com/#!/troylib
Life without reading? Life without learning? Without a library? I can’t imagine, and I am sure I am not the only person who feels that way. I have never lived without a library nearby, and spend much of my childhood roaming the stacks, and carrying books between my home and the library.
There was a millage proposal last fall; the Friends of the Troy Library had a plan to keep the library open. Several self-serving groups took out petitions to muddy the water, and made it their business to dispense misinformation about the library, and the city finances. They managed to confuse an already confused electorate enough to defeat the proposal. It was small consolation to me that the original proposal failed with the largest number of votes. I have no idea what is wrong with people who are so interested in keeping a few dollars in their pockets, they jeopardize the quality of life in the city by allowing this to happen.
What is wrong with you, people?