Library legislation we can all agree on
“What would we do without our public libraries? This question, asked years ago by one of our state’s most beloved natives, Katharine Hepburn, talks about the vital role libraries play in our lives. At the same time, she asked a dystopian question, particularly relevant today, about what would happen to us if our public libraries could not overcome the structural and technological deficiencies they face.
We now have the opportunity to ensure that we do not enter such a perilous vacuum. Over the next few weeks, Congress will decide the scope of a set of infrastructure, and libraries may or may not be included. The bipartisan Build America’s Libraries Act would allocate $ 5 billion to build and renovate libraries nationwide, with an estimated $ 54.7 million for Connecticut.