I support both libraries in schools and also the public libraries. I have already voted 'yes' for the bond election!
When I was a small girl, I didn't have a library in my school, but I had the Carnegie Free Library. I would take a streetcar to the library; and it was such a treat to be able to go in and read as many books as I wanted. Just to hold a book and look through it was a wonderful experience because I had no books at home.
I'm trying to remember where the library was, but all I can come up with is that it was on the west side of Washington, near 25th Street. I would go in the children's department, which was in the basement of the building, and the access door was on the south side.
Then when I got home, I would sit on my daddy's lap and tell him all about the books I found at the library. He would always listen, ask questions, and pay attention to what I was saying.
How do you measure the value of the public libraries in a child's education? And while I'm on the subject, I feel it is a monumental mistake to take librarians out of the schools.
Jessie Bishop Lewis