What is a great love of books? It is something like a personal introduction to the great and good men of all past times. Books, it is true, are silent as you see them on their shelves; but, silent as they are, when I enter a library I feel as if almost the dead were present, and I know if I put questions to these books they will answer me with all the faithfulness and fulness which has been left in them by the great men who have left the books with us. ~ John Bright
Have you ever been shushed at the library? As if your whispers will awaken the spirits contained within the pages. Or maybe this space is reserved for the voices that ring loudly within their bindings. I love to read, and will try just about anything I find on the shelf. It's like a new adventure, getting lost in some one's thoughts and musings.
Tara takes Cole to story time each week at our local library. Each time I go, it makes me sad as it seems more like Death Valley than a thriving repository of knowledge. A few mom's with kids, and the unemployed researching jobs on the free computers. Just down the road, the Barnes & Noble is thriving. Maybe libraries should start serving coffee?
Are libraries going the way of roadside attractions? What are they missing?