Prior to today I would have not thought about the library having that much impact on my life. Your question made me think about just what the library has provided for me in the past, and I must admit it has been a significant contribution. Having visited the library today for how to play guitar books and tapes for my youngest daughter I have to wonder if this will have an impact on her musical career. Even if she never opens the book which she specifically asked me to check out for her, guess what, it didn't cost me a cent.
A few years ago when my oldest was having some issues with self esteem and friendship problems, guess where I recieved some very pertinent books for both her and I to read regarding these issues. Once again the library came to the rescue. Now while this was an important issue which our family needed help dealing with I don't think we can ignore the fact that the library has given both myself and my family countless hours of enjoyment. Recreational reading is a very important factor for my whole family and being able to stop at the library for the latest release by one of my favorite authors is something that you can't put a price on.
My entire family has a tremendous love of reading, and I don't believe this hobby comes along by accident I feel you must nurture it. Having three children whom are very good students is also not an accident and I believe much of this stems from developing their reading skills at a very youg age. We used to take a trip to the library each week when they were in preschool for them to pick out their books, and while they may not have the time to visit the library weekly it is still a very important part of our lives.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to think about this issue in a way I would have never taken the time to previously.