, Newburyport, MA


May 15, 2013

Hidden costs of a public library


The need for public libraries is rapidly diminishing. Today information is far less expensive than it was even a generation ago. Public libraries, in recognition of this threat to their relevance, have sought ways to expand their mission beyond their traditional role of providing access to information.

Today the public library sees entertainment and socializing as a core part of its mission. Entertainment and socializing are indeed important aspects of community life. Forcing taxpayers to pay for entertainment and socializing is an incredibly expensive and inefficient way to achieve that end.

Matthew Talas


Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans