Twenty-year-old Princeton University student Cara McCollum captured the title of Miss...
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How is your library helping you in these tough economic times? Tell us your story.
Seeing that I am slated to lose my job due to the budget cuts in public education, I have had to make many sacrifices. I have had to change my diet due to the rising cost of food. I have had to cut out all extra driving that is not needed for work or errands due to gas prices soaring. I have had to stop purchasing books, movies, and games because I can't afford to spend on such things. I am now unable to pay for doctor's bills. I am barely able to pay rent. My local libraries have helped me in job searching, resume writing, academic researching, and just relaxing. The ability to borrow books and movies from the library has helped me stay sane by providing me with entertainment that I am unable to afford. I grew up going to the library once a week to borrow books. I am an avid reader and wish to study to serve as a librarian. I want to be able to provide a safe, quiet place for the public to go to gain knowledge, learn to read, research, and learn valuable computer skills. I know that if it weren't for my local libraries, I would not have the appreciation or the thirst for knowledge that I have now. Laura, Hamilton