Letters: Resurgent Libraries

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Many listeners responded to the interview with Boyd County, Ky., Library Director Debbie Cosper about how the troubled economy is making libraries more popular.


From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, I'm Melissa Block


And I'm Michele Norris. Now to your e-mails. We got the idea for one of yesterday's stories from listeners, so we shouldn't be surprised that many of you responded.

BLOCK: It was my interview with Debbie Cosper, a librarian in Ashland, Kentucky, about how the troubled economy is making libraries more popular.

DEBBIE COSPER: Well, we're getting at a lot of people who say, I haven't used my card in a long time, can I still use it? And that's what's really neat, is to see people coming back.

BLOCK: One of those people is J.R. Craigmile(ph) of Kerhonkson, New York. He writes: I recently began going to the library again. On my first visit, I was expecting the librarian to remove and date-stamp the card on the inside cover, but instead she scanned the book and handed me a computer-generated receipt with a due date. I laughed and realized I had not checked out a book in quite some time. I now check out books quite regularly but must admit I kind of miss those dated, ink-smudged cards.

NORRIS: And Theresa Emory(ph), a listener from Texas, wrote in to offer another reason for the rise in library use. I enjoyed your story, she writes, although there's another factor you forgot. Since I was laid off in January, I've had a lot of time on my hands. I go through a new book almost every week.

We look forward to reading your comments on the air. You can send them to us by going to our Web site, npr.org.

BLOCK: And please, don't forget to tell us where you're from and how to pronounce your name.

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