Imagine A City With No Bookstore

Imagine a city nearly half the size of the Wichita metropolitan area without a single bookstore.

The Laredo Public Library serves 400,000 visitors annually, and the city library system is planning to open two new branches. But according to the Associated Press, Laredo will soon be the largest city in the United States without a bookstore.

If the local B. Dalton closes as planned next month, the nearest bookstore will be 150 miles away in San Antonio. And this in Webb County, Texas, where nearly half the population “lacks basic literacy skills, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.”

Imagine.

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Published in: on December 18, 2009 at 5:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

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