Aren't libraries for the public?

I was extremely upset and disgusted to read that the Thousand Oaks City Council voted to charge non-city residents $55 a year to attain a library card.

Libraries are a fantastic source of information to our youth. They provide a variety of programs for children and senior citizens. They also provide resources for grade schools, high schools and colleges and offer videotapes, CDs, books on tape, reference books and more. To deprive our youth of these resources is a crime.

We are in a recession. Parents cannot afford to pay $55 a year for their child to have a library card. Barbara Bush is a strong advocate for literacy. Do you think she would approve of Thousand Oaks' decision?

GEORGE VIDAL CASTILLO

Oxnard

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