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Now is the time to become a more service-centered community; become a tutor, let your neighbor's kid use your computer after school, feed the homeless, sweep up your block. The possibilities are endless, and if we're willing to cut each other some slack and lend a hand, I imagine a day when the libraries will reopen in all their splendor.

LAUREN LEONARD
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1. Decima Dewey said... on Jan 21, 2009 at 11:02AM

“Lauren Leonard: You don't get it. The 11 branches slated to be closed wouldn't just be closed temporarily. They'd be closed permanently”

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2. Dennis Walter Smith Sr said... on Jan 22, 2009 at 09:26AM

“BARACK - THE PENTACLE OF HUMANITY From the trials of history and the embryo of social allegiance, we’ve finally matured to a defining cohesive social partnership in this country. These times clearly exercise the spiritual muscles that sustain us and the mutual inner desire to identify what is good. Together we have set aside the segregating serums which have plagued our growth and have tainted the fibers of love so evident in our blueprints of life. What a magical and inspiring time to see millions across this country share in the same passion for change and revival for the unsung anthem of life – “The Family”. In the midst of hierarchy, Mr. Obama’s humbleness has captured the essence of a real tangible social bond that so many before him have chased. Mr. Obama is our modern day human template, build from the architectural designed of a universal love. Dawned from care and compassion, Mr. Obama is not inhibited by the shackles and clouds of politics, but freed through the brilliance of an amazing light of love we call democracy On this day – I am proud to be an American, a father and a husband. I am privileged to be a part of the greatest change and movement this country will ever endure. On this day, the United States of America has claimed victory; not over the stronghold of the oppressors and the disarming of our enemies, but a victory over the captive mental ropes that have choked our society from breathing new air and new opportunity. Our country now breathes the fundamental chemical and spiritual element needed..... Barack – The Pentacle of Humanity. BY: DENNIS WALTER-SMITH SR. ”

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3. Emily said... on Jan 22, 2009 at 11:28AM

“Lauren Leonard, Where exactly are these "alternatives for literacy promotion"? These neighborhoods don't have school libraries. Research shows that K-6grade children need 30 minutes of reading a day in order to read on grade level. If they don't have public libraries or school libraries where will they get books? Where exactly do you propose that a 6 year old first grader find the books he/she needs in order to learn to read when they need a book to read for 30 minutes every night? It's unrealistic to think that most parents can afford the amount of money needed to accomplish this which is one reason why public and school libraries were established in the first place in order to share resources. You don't get it. There are no alternatives, and public libraries also are the only places where adults can get help accessing public services and computers that they need to locate information regarding the types community services that you mention. Also, I echo Decima Dewey above in saying that these branches will be closed permanently not temporarily. Once they are closed they will be gone.”

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