“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

5 thoughts on “Libraries

  1. bermudaonion says:

    Our paper ran an article not too long ago about the increased use of our libraries, too. It said some branches have empty shelves this summer! It also said lots of patrons never check out books – they only come to use the computer. I’ve loved the library since I was a small child.

  2. Elena Margo Gould says:

    Was that quote by Jorge Luis Borges? He rocks. Whoever it was, I agree that no paradise would be complete without a huge area where one can envelope oneself in books…

    Long live the libraries!

  3. stacybuckeye says:

    Elena,Thanks for catching that!
    It’s nice to here from two fellow library lovers. The library is a busy place today.

  4. donstuff says:

    I love the library. We have taken ourselves (and now our kids) there for years. I always have the sense that I have entered a sanctuary.
    I like to check out books that would be (to me) a risky purchase, CDs of music to sample before purchase, DVDs (way better selection of classics than most stores), and Audio books that I wouldn’t otherwise experience (I commute an hour and a half each way to work, so I most often listen to classic literature – great books that were written to be heard rather than read – or I listen to biographies).
    My kids love to check out book series. My wife goes in to read the magazines, then check out a book.

  5. stacybuckeye says:

    Don- I agree that books on cd are great. I never listen to the radio in the car anymore. It’s great that you are giving your kids a love of the library. I think it starts young. My mom used to take me every Saturday and it was a great way to explore the world.

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