A great loss

The Free Library of Philadelphia is closing all branch, regional, and central libraries, effective October 2, 2009. I can't think of a greater loss to the community. Particularly as the economic downturn persists, libraries play an important role, acting as a gathering place and a resource for all those with few other places to turn. Interestingly, 10 library branches in New York have announced that they will open earlier and close later to meet growing demand.