IN PRAISE OF LIBRARIES
How wonderful that the library workers did not go on strike. The union settled with management in the wee hours of Monday morning after the strike deadline. I have never thought about what I would do if libraries closed for a long time because of a strike.
What do I love about the library? I love the mostly-quiet atmosphere. I say “mostly quiet” because sometimes I have to wear ear plugs to keep the cell-phone conversations and talking from disturbing me.
When I was a kid, all librarians looked like Miss Grundy. They were spinster types with glasses and their gray hair in a tight bun. Silence was the rule. The librarians yelled at you if you were breathing too loudly. Now librarians look like movie stars and tolerate a lot more noise. Sometimes these movie stars are the source of the noise.
I love the free Internet at the library. How can you beat that? I know of several people who cancelled their Internet at home and use the library’s. No worries about exceeding a megabyte limit.
And finally I love the books and the books and the books! I love the feel and smell of books. Did I mention that I love the books? I know an e-reader can hold hundreds of books and takes up less space, but it cannot replace the sensual pleasure of reading a book.