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.