THE LIBRARY IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE
I went to the library today – a real library, with real books, in a real building. The library I usually go to is in a tiny town, next to an old country store that has a functional hitching post for horses. But today I went to the city and visited a large library. As I wandered through the endless aisles of books, I marveled at the vast amount of knowledge, information, poetry, pictures, and stories that were hiding in the books. But there were very few seekers.
The library was moderately busy, but it suddenly dawned on me that 90 percent of the people were not interacting with books, they were online. They were either on their phone or using the computer lab. I counted 4 people with books open and maybe 4 or 5 more people walking through the aisles of books. What a shame! All of those wonderful books and nobody seemed to appreciate them.
Because my local library is very small, my family often uses the interlibrary loan service. We can get almost any book you can image from the network of participating libraries in our region.
When was the last time you were in a real library? I challenge you to go to your local library this week and see what you can find. Pick the books up. Open them and see what great adventures or knowledge is patiently waiting to be found. Ask the librarian to give you a brief overview of the library and the services offered. Get a library card and visit often.