Says England's Communities Minister Don Foster (via):
"Libraries play a vital role in keeping this going by bringing people together across communities, helping improve literacy for children and adults alike and developing a love of reading for millions of people."
Libraries don't improve literacy: librarians improve literacy.
Oh, and seriously? That picture? You're *totally* going to get a library that looks like that if it's volunteer-run. I bet they raised those fancy beams themselves, right?
< / end rant >