Your Local Library Can Be a Dangerous PlaceThere are several ways to start a big argument at a party.
You can gripe about the standings of a local college sports team ("Hey! I went to that school!"), you can complain about the quality of K-12 teaching ("How dare you! My sister's a teacher!"), or you can suggest that the time for the local library branch has come and gone. Libraries create strong feelings, especially if the crowd is 50 or over. You hear things like, "We need a place for the children to learn to read!" or "Libraries are our national treasure!" or "If there were no libraries, where would people get books?" Or, as I like to say, "If it weren't for our libraries, where would the homeless guy, the pedophile, or the alcohol-abusing female schizophrenic go to hang out?"