One of our local columnists put on a debate whether libraries are relevant anymore. With the exception of 1 or 2, the response has been overwhelmingly positive even with the younger ones who posted.
Given the state of the beleaguered DC system, it is hard to make a case in the city proper. But as the library there is just another part of the overall structural problems in the whole educational system it is not surprising.
Here's the link: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/rawfisher/?hpid=news-col-blogs