The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

No Magazines on Library Shelves?

Feb 14, 2022

The public libraries in Montgomery County, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C., used to have magazines on the shelves for people to come in and read—magazines like National Geographic, Nature, car magazines, a wide variety of journals and magazines. For many people it was a genuine pleasure.

When the pandemic lockdown started in March 2020, the library system terminated its print magazine subscriptions. But when the county libraries reopened last April, they chose not to renew print magazine subscriptions. The magazines are available online, but not everyone knows how to read magazines online. And it’s not the same. Reading magazines from the stacks in a library was a safe, socially distanced activity. But now—for whatever paltry savings—this pleasure is no more.