"All Camden NJ's libraries will be gone at the end of the year.
The library system, which first opened its doors in 1904, could end up destroying all of it 187,000 books because the city losing the state funding that allowed the libraries to remain open in the past. This is in spite of the fact that the current recession has made libraries more popular with citizens seeking relatively inexpensive entertainment options. The president of the New York City library system notes that attendance is higher now than in the last fifty years.
As cities struggle to absorb budget shortfalls passed on to them by their states, citizens are being left with fewer and fewer services.
The loss of libraries is more than just books. Libraries are vital pillars of community. Can our cities and towns exist as mere collections of houses and strip malls once their schools and libraries are shuttered?"
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