Libraries are damned important. Mine as a kid was a gateway to books I couldn't get from not-enough trips to Walden books at the far away mall. My local library had contests and it drove me to read even more as a kid. Making me a reader is what made me a writer… and an even more voracious reader. That's something we should all want for our kids, yours and (eventually) mine. Help me help the Tompkins County Public Library.