Starting this July, checking out books at the Los Angeles Public Library will no longer be free.
We are NOT in a recession. We are simply experiencing an economic “slowdown.” Gas is supposed to be 4 dollars a gallon. A one bedroom house is supposed to cost $500,000. Government is supposed to be this incompetent.
The latest city service to be affected by a crap-ass economy and Spring Street buffoonery is the library. You remember it, don’t you? You used to go there before Netscape ruined it all. You did book reports with the aid of the card catalog, and looked things up on microfiche. Hell, when is the last time you even payed the periodicals a visit, 1989?
Preservationists Kim Cooper and Richard Schave, who spearheaded efforts to Save the 76 Ball and preserve Charles Bukowski’s East Hollywood bungalow, have made it their new mission to Save the Los Angeles Public Library.
In February, LAPL stopped buying new books and started canceling periodicals and database subscriptions. And on July 1st, something even more damaging is planned, a $1 fee for all inter-branch loan requests.
Charging people to use the public library. We wonder why Americans are so far behind when it comes to education. Yes, kids.. we’re going to stop you from joining a gang. But, that report on Lewis & Clark is gonna cost you.
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