- Karin's essay in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sept. 10, 2010. This is part of how the SaveTheLibraries project got started.
- Karin's article for International Thriller Writers ezine The Big Thrill:
As a lasting legacy, there is nothing more important we can do than to make sure everyone has free and open access to reading. Whether it’s celebrating banned book week or risking jail time in support of reader privacy, librarians have always stood up for the rights of writers. It’s time that we stood up for them.
- Author Scott Turow says:
Widespread public access to knowledge, like public education, is one of the pillars of our democracy, a guarantee that we can maintain a well-informed citizenry.
But libraries seem to be losing out in the funding battles, due, in part, to the mistaken belief that they are somehow anachronistic in an age when so many Americans have instant computer access to information through the Internet. This is, frankly, a let-them-eat-cake-attitude that threatens to destroy a network of public assets that remains critical in our country.
- New libraries collect dust, waiting for funding -- this is part of the DeKalb County Public Library system. Buildings, books in place -- but the library can't open! from CrossRoadsNews.com
- I love what blogger Estella has to say about libraries:
They've helped me as a researcher, a frustrated computer user, a harried mother, a baffled citizen…whatever my problem, they can find a resource to help solve it. At this point, with so many other cuts to government and education services, libraries and librarians have been handling the spillover problems (most recently, they helped everybody, especially senior citizens, figure out how to access tax forms online) -- I worry that the cuts to libraries will leave us all without a safety net, without human help in navigating the bureaucracy, and without computer access for a significant percentage of our citizens. I don't think we have any idea how much of a load libraries have been carrying, and I worry that we're going to find out the hard way. (read more at Estella's Revenge)
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First SaveTheLibraries event held, to benefit the DeKalb County Public Library in Georgia. More than $50,000 was cleared by the event, thanks to the generosity of supporters.
Access Atlanta coverage.
Daily Finance article.
International Thriller Writers Big Thrill issue features SaveTheLibraries. Read it here!
Author Scott Turow weighs in on the need to support libraries.
Alive story -- Budget Woes Keep Brand New DeKalb Library Closed
Atlanta INtown news coverage
Mystery Series Examiner article by Carol Thomas.
Press release available as a Word Document or as a PDF.
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