by Brian Zylstra | June 11th, 2009
Months ago, we started tracking how people across Washington are relying on libraries more than ever during this deep recession. That theme was picked up by NBC’s “Today Show” on Thursday with a segment called “Beyond books: Libraries lend a hand during recession.” The special report says 68 percent of Americans have a library card today, the highest percentage in many years.
Some of the key points:
- Some people who lost their job can’t afford to buy a new computer, or if they already own a computer, they can no longer afford to pay for Internet service. In either case, they rely on using library computers to help search for a new job or for other important purposes.
- Libraries provide free entertainment for kids through story time and other child-focused programs.
- More people are checking out CDs and DVDs.