The Contra Costa Times has an article on California libraries called
Libraries: a haven during tough economic times:
“To cut family expenses, Marcos and Stacy Gutierrez stopped buying books for themselves and their three young children two months ago. They halted home subscriptions to Netflix, cable television and high-speed Internet.
The working San Jose parents, both in school part-time studying for advanced degrees, saved $300 a month but they haven’t stopped reading or watching movies.
Now they go to the library for all their book and movie needs. And they don’t spend a dime.
As the economy gets worse, business at the local libraries is getting better. So much better, in fact, that it’s tough to get a seat at a computer.
“People are looking for ways to live more frugally,” said San Jose Library Director Jane Light. “And the library is a natural place to go.”
Libraries serve as a barometer for an economic downturn and national studies by the American Library Association have confirmed how the two are linked. “
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