As budget cuts and an economy that seems to spiral ever downward cut into vital programs across the country, one institution that has been feeling the pain of our dwindling financial resources for years is that of the country’s public libraries. Whether it’s school districts cutting dozens of librarians, cities across the country cutting library staff and services, or some cities coming within inches of closing their entire library system, as homeschoolers we can no longer be certain that the educational materials we need are going to be available to us for free.
So what can we do?
- Support your library. This seems obvious, but simply paying your fines isn’t going to cut it (no matter how overdue they are). Join your local library’s fundraising committee. Donate money if you can. Volunteer.
- Let your representatives know how you feel about this issue. Libraries might be havens of quiet, but their supporters can’t afford to be. Write, email, or call your state’s representatives and tell them how important it is that this country continues to fund its libraries.
- Use your library! Counties and states judge the perceived value of a library by how much use it gets. The more you use it, the better.
Here at Humanist Homeschoolers Help, we plan to help as many families as we can, but we know we can’t provide materials for every family in the country. So support your library and support us, and together we’ll make sure that the nation’s homeschooling families have the resources they need to ensure their children get the best possible education.
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