Usage is up and budgets are down in libraries all across the country. We’d like to know WHY IS YOUR LIBRARY IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Edgewood resident Bob Hoover, retired book editor of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, shares his story. You can too. Drop a note or email to Sally Bogie at email@example.com.
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh ran a small branch library in the basement of my grade school on American Avenue in Sheraden. The 19th-century hulk of a building is long gone, but my memories of the place where I would stop for books before walking home remain, especially the encouragement of the librarian who wanted me to love books as much as she did. Her support led me to become the book editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a public pulpit that gave voice to my belief in the power of reading to improve our lives. I have depended on librarians, perhaps the most helpful and open people in our society, and the resources of public libraries to enhance and enrich the quality of my work. Libraries’ dedication to free speech and freedom of expression is a cornerstone of our democracy and must remain unfettered.
Bob Hoover, retired book editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette