Letter Re: Using Your Library as a Resource

Hello Mr. Rawles!
First off, I wanted to thank you so much for all the information you provide! It has changed my life!

The second thing I wanted to mention was about using your libraries as a resource. I just completed courses to become a library director. In these courses we were strongly encouraged to "weed" out all books and materials that had older publication dates than 2000. We were told not to worry about not having any of the "classics" on hand because patrons could always use the inter-library loan system to borrow them from somewhere else.
Recently, I have had quite a few patrons requesting different books such as "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Screwtape Letters" and other classics and I was unable to fulfill their request because libraries either do not have them or are unwilling to loan them out anymore.

This situation is very troubling to me as obviously books are important to me! And the relevance and importance of literature from all ages is a key to understanding where we came from and where we are going.
Hopefully, your readers have not come across such difficulties in their locations but I felt it should be mentioned.

Again than you for all you do and God bless you and your family! – A.S.