Our public library — so valued for what a public library system offers: Endless books, periodicals and video material free to anyone within the library and to any city resident to borrow (as well as countless free educational and entertaining events) — has become dispensable, apparently. Due to the current crises in city funds, our libraries have been decided as not vital enough to keep intact. The value of a free library system seems integral to a well-rounded city and runs deep as an iconic environment and necessary service to many residents. Yes, it is a hard time for city budgets, but this is a shame.

Stephanie Berman