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Isaac Asimov wrote, "When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself."
Public libraries and public school libraries serve the common good. Internet access extends only as far as the corporation that owns it.
Decades of research and centuries of experience tell us that the easiest, most efficient and most pleasant way of improving reading ability, as well as writing, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, is through extensive, self-selected reading.
Study after study shows that those with more access to books read more, and those who read more read better, write better, spell better, have larger vocabularies, better grammar and know more, not just about school subjects but about "practical knowledge" as well.
Studies also show that children get a significant percentage of their reading material from libraries, and that better public libraries, better school libraries, and the presence of a credentialed school librarian are related to higher reading achievement.
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