A nice bit of news from an otherwise dreary economic week:
As Americans grapple with the economic downtown that has pinched their disposable income, more people than ever are turning to libraries for a both enrichment and enjoyment, reports the Connecticut Post. In recent years, libraries across the region have evolved into bustling meeting places where the public has easy--and often, free--access to electronic technology useful for both learning and entertainment. Maura Ritz, director of the Fairfield, Conn., Public Library, reported that circulation of all items borrowed from that town's busy libraries is up about 16 percent over last year. Ritz is certain the nation's sagging economy is the primary reason for the surge in library patronage. "We're a lot busier," she said. "The library is a huge bargain.