Libraries offer more than just books, more than just e-books and audiobooks. They offer resources to job seekers, encouragement to struggling readers — and, yes, a place for the poorest Chicagoans to come in out of the cold. They are community centers in the truest and most necessary sense. Libraries have been such a reliable resource to me that libraries and librarians always play a role in my novels.
Yes, we need to save money. But cutting library budgets will cost us more in the long run.