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Published in New York Times
06/23/2009

To the editor

Re At 88, a Writer Fights for Libraries, and Tells a Few of Life’s Tales news article, June 20):



Ray Bradbury’s logic in supporting California libraries is 100 percent correct, and agrees with the extensive research showing that public and school library quality is positively associated with reading achievement in school.



California’s reading scores are among the lowest in the nation, and its libraries, public and private, are among the most underfinanced. Nevertheless, California is cutting its libraries even more, while grimly retaining financing for budget items that don’t help anybody.



Let’s hope California listens to Ray Bradbury.



The writer is professor emeritus of education at the University of Southern California.

Stephen Krashen


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