Growing up in a working class neighborhood in Philadelphia, the library was a safe haven for me as a child. I don't want to imagine what my childhood would have been like without my neighborhood library. It is the reason I am where I am right now. It provided everything I needed for FREE, which was all we could afford back then.
It breaks my heart to hear about library closings in Philadelphia and many other places. And it's happening in the poorest areas, where they can least afford to lose such a valuable resource.
What does your neighborhood library mean to you? What did it mean to you as a child?