It might seem small, but Rebecca Duke Wiesenberg’s comment about libraries in her article about medical equipment lending merits correction. She says that “unlike the library, however, there were no restrictions on who could check out equipment,” and all the borrowers needed to give was name and address. By definition this is what a library does. A fundamental value of public libraries is “access for all.” FCPL has no restrictions for getting a library card except a Maryland address. If you don’t know that your library provides access to media (not just books but movies, video games and online resources) for everyone in your community, I recommend you visit your local library and see for yourself. People who don’t use their library don’t know what they’re missing.

Emily Hampton-Hayes


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With a smart phone, a PC and TV, who needs a library?


People who can't afford those things. And who can't get a job because they don't have those things.


We all need libraries because they can do much more than a phone, PC or TV. They are community centers to share physical resources and knowledge that the staff use to teach and help a community. They ARE community centers and are well worth the expense.


Frederick has the best libraries I have seen - especially the DVD collection.

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