A recent report by the Queens Public library had the following excerpt:
Public library usage is expected to rise dramatically in the coming months. Traditionally, people turn to public libraries during hard economic times for free entertainment, free after-school child care, to help with employment, for free access to the public use computers and to help them save money by doing things themselves, such as home and auto repairs. Queens Library saw a 16 percent jump in circulation and attendance immediately following Sept. 11, for instance.
Considering the price of food, gas, electricity and most everything else on the rise, get ready for some very, very busy times.