Today is Snapshot Day in libraries of all types across Illinois, including the Brookens Library at UIS. Two libraries that won’t be included, however, are the recently shuttered West and Southeast branches of Lincoln Library, Springfield’s Public Library. The editorial in today’s State Journal-Register laments the way that the public library has been slowly dismantled over the years, so that a once thriving asset for the community has been reduced to the main branch that is only open 53 hours per week.
Many of us in the UIS community are also citizens of Springfield. If we value libraries, it’s time to speak up.