Published 4/10/2012 Florida Times Union
There is one way for Jacksonville to become a "college town." Make public libraries special, devote extra resources to them, spare them from severe budget cuts.
Today, libraries are transitioning into the 21st century when they will be recognized as more than buildings but as centers of lifelong learning for the people.
A love of learning and literacy are keys to democracy. The American experiment relies on the people to vote and decide wisely. That can only come from an informed, educated and curious citizenry.