In the very first post
on this blog, I wrote:
Saving civilization is about preventing libraries falling into ruin while we build sports arenas and military bases.Actually, saving the libraries might strike some people as frivolous, but remember that the way the humans in the book discovered the truth about moties was by stumbling into a museum designed to speed the rise of Motie civilization after the next collapse. Another example involves Canticle for Leibowitz, the plot of which revolves around a monastery that includes a library the mission of which is to help revive civilization after its collapse. So, it's not as stupid an idea as it seems. Thanks to that suggestion, you can expect posts on saving cultural institutions during collapse, not just for how to keep yourself fed and safe.
I haven't been very good about doing so (I didn't even blog about the musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra ending their strike, which fits the topic), but the Detroit Free Press has obliged me with an update.Across metro Detroit, communities bracing for library closings
After Romulus voters rejected a 2.75-mill proposal in February, officials announced plans to close the city's library.
But members of the Friends of the Romulus Public Library hope to make a last-ditch plea to the council tonight that may keep the doors open or at worse, eliminate a permanent shutdown.
"If we close the library, we are denying people's rights," said Sylvia Makowski, president of the group. "It goes against democratic principles."
Now, that's a take on the situation that I like, and I wish to hear Ms. Makowski elaborare on that idea. Instead, the article quotes the mayor, who points out the economic benefits of the library.
"The library is not just for kids, but our seniors and those who are using online services," Romulus Mayor Alan Lambert said. "In this economy people are using the library to do their résumés and for other job services."
Remember, this article is about austerity, which means the question becomes where does one find the money. The Friends of the Romulus Public Library have an answer.
The group has a plan that includes a 0.2-mill levy, which would cost residents about $8.50 more in taxes a year.
The millage defeated in February included support for other services and would have cost residents between $150 and $300 in increased taxes.
Looks like the library was collatoral damage.( Romulus isn't the only community where the libraries are in danger. )
Above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News as Save the libraries, save civilization
on April 29, 2011.
Update to the above: Troy's City Council is meeting tonight
. Millages, including one to support the library, are on the agenda.