The relevance of public libraries has been questioned in this week’s post. It is apparent that libraries have been falling out of American and international necessity since the creation of the internet. Because there now are so many books, movies and more that are digitized, physical book renting may seem obsolete. Although there may be negative spike in the population’s interest in hard books, I have personally always preferred reading real books, with pages. I believe that the vitality of public libraries strictly relies on the preference of the people. If the majority of the population would rather listen to an audiobook, or read their book online, then I would argue that public libraries are archaic and should no longer be a service. In our situation, this isn’t the case. The New York Times article, To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library, argues that public libraries are not only providing the service of books, but also a welcoming space to gather as well. We read, “Libraries are an example of what I call ‘social infrastructure’: the physical spaces and organizations that shape the way people interact.” This is an interesting statement because I and many other adolescents, adults, and community members have experienced this claim. Growing up, my favorite thing to do with my friends was to go to our public library after school and play board games, computer games, or simply to hangout. Because of this social space I had the privilege of using, I have an experienced social practice and have special memories to go along with that. Although I may not use the library as much as someone my age may have a few decades ago, I believe that public libraries are still a necessity whether it be to find a book you need, or simply to be involved in a welcoming environment.

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