Public Libraries Provide a Safety Net for Our Neediest Children
by Donna Celano & Susan B. Neuman - August 11, 2010
The nationís public libraries function as a safety net for children living in high poverty areas by granting them equal access to the same resources and knowledge that their more advantaged peers have. Children in low-income neighborhoods typically have access to fewer books and fewer computers than do children from middle-class neighborhoods. The result of unequal access to information is a steadily growing knowledge gap between low- and middle-income children. Tough economic times threaten to close many libraries, adding to the already insurmountable odds low-income children have in catching up with their wealthier peers.
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