Feb. 17th, 2011

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One of the big things anti-government 'economic conservatives' keep throwing out as a counter to government funded public libraries are the Carnegie Libraries.

As if, somehow, U.S. Carnegie libraries didn't have to set up local funding to RUN the libraries that were built by the Carnegie grants, but just 'decided' to do come up with funding.

CARNEGIE GRANTS paid for BUILDINGS! In order to get a Carnegie grant, the local community needed to pony up about 10% of the building money per year for OPERATING and MAINTAINING the library.

http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/50carnegie/50facts2.htm

"the said community shall pledge itself by a Resolution of Council, to support a Free Public Library, at a cost of not less than _______________ Dollars a year,"

In fact, some anti-government-supported-library guy pointing to the example of the Carnegie libraries POINTED PEOPLE TO THE WIKIPEDIA ENTRY that MENTIONS the required community contribution.

Please can we send these people back to picking coal, or selling newspapers? PLEASE? Clearly they checked out of education at the child labor level.

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