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Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 | The University Community Branch Library on Governor Drive is a busy, electric, exciting place to be after school. Tables are filled with young scholars studying in small groups, stacks are being examined for hard-copy reading materials, tutors meet with students on a regular basis, and the librarians pleasantly help students research on any of the computers, in the research center, or networking throughout the endless library system.

Students walk here after school from each of the three nearby schools — Curie Elementary, Standley Middle, and University City High. It is a safe, warm, dry place to congregate — and yes, become expanded and educated, and gain exposure.

Take our precious library away and where must these students — who trust their feet to take them places — go?

Oh, I suppose they can meet on any old street corner, quiet cul-de-sac, alleyway, or liquor store parking lot.

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