“Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance required is interest.” -Lady Bird Johnson
Last week the Cleveland Plain Dealer did a story about the increased use of the local libraries. Some already know everything that libraries have to offer, while some think there are just lots of books. If you haven’t been to your local library lately I suggest that you visit soon and see what’s there. There are books (surely), movies (of course), cds of music and books (without a doubt), but you will also find a multitude of other things. There are programs for adults and kids, computers to use for free, paid subscriptions to online websites, old magazines (great to get ideas if you are renovating a room in your house like me), games…the list goes on and on. And if you are having trouble finding what you’re looking for go to the reference desk and ask for help (maybe the person helping you will be me!).
Anyway, it is a great way for you and your family to spend an hour or two and it will also save you money. And since your tax dollars are already funding the library, why not take advantage of everything it has to offer. I saw a man come in today, sit down at a table, pull out his own book to read, and stay for a few hours enjoying the library without ever checking out a book. That is a dedicated patron!
“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” -Jorge Luis Borges