if anyone comes to me and asks me this question in person i will punch them in the face.
Libraries embody everything conservatives hate: things that are free, things that benefit poor people, things that don’t make money, and learning.
Honestly, I feel like libraries should get more money to be able to run. Admittedly, I don’t really go to the public library because its selection of books is terrible… but that’s because they need more money to run and to be able to get more books. The concept of “library” itself is a wonderful thing, but when you de-fund it to the point where it’s just a vague hint of what it could be, of course people are going to think its worthless. They haven’t been shown its value.
Also, I feel like learning as a concept has been really devalued, as well. Nobody wants to learn anymore. They just want to be entertained. So their desire for the library and all that it can do has been shot. Why go to the library if every book is going to be made into a movie (that’s usually never as good as the book, but nobody in Hollywood wants you to know that)? Also, since middle class voices tend to be the loudest, people also forget that libraries are important for people without computers to be able to do stuff like apply for jobs.
tl;dr Libraries are important, but various factors are shielding peoples’ understanding of that importance.
A BIG HELL YES TO THE INSTITUTION OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY.
I think everyone else expressed what I want to say pretty eloquently, but word up.
How so, exactly? I don’t see how enjoying a certain book series relates to one’s awareness of the world around them. I keep quite abreast and engaged with world events, and I’m a Harry Potter fan. I know plenty of people who are the same. By that same token, I know about an equal number of people who are not Harry Potter fans that one could describe as ‘misinformed’ and ‘aloof’ as I do fans. It’s frankly rather ridiculous to make a correlation, or to state that Harry Potter obsession is symptomatic of the superficiality and vacuousness of ~kids these days~ (and it’s not as though a book becoming a cultural phenomenon is anything new, not at all. It at least dates back to the late 18th century and the European reaction to The Sorrows of Young Werther), or anything like that.
I know it’s sort of the “thing” on parts of Tumblr right now to be fashionably disinterested in Harry Potter and proclaim loudly how fashionably disinterested you are because of all the hoopla surrounding the release of the last movie, but come on. Let’s not be ridiculous, guys.