Sunday, May 19, 2019
Libraries: A Thing of the Past?
People sometimes hear that I work in a library and say, "That's a dying professions, isn't it?" or "Libraries will all be gone within ten years." or "Who goes to libraries anymore?"
Well, today was the grand opening of our new local library. We had to stand in line for nearly an hour to even get in the building because there were so many people. When we left, there was still a big line: all sorts of ages, races, family configurations. They were all so excited that this library we've been waiting for has finally opened.
Libraries aren't going out of style. They're not just a place to check out books. There are so many more resources: culture passes, nature exploration kits, DVDs, seeds, study rooms, storytimes, book clubs, ESL classes, job hunting assistance, refuge from the elements, computer access, color printing, e-resources, writing classes, social events, cultural events, author appearances, safe spaces for teens, literacy support, etc. etc.
But...they're also a place to check out books. And people DO check out books. A lot of books. So, keep writing. And keep supporting your local libraries.
Melinda Brasher's fiction appears most recently in Leading Edge (Volume 73) and Deep Magic (Spring 2019). Her newest non-fiction book, Hiking Alaska from Cruise Ports is available on Amazon.
She loves hiking and taking photographs of nature's small miracles.
Visit her online at http://www.melindabrasher.com
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