April 8-14, 2018 is National Library Week, although I’m not sure how to celebrate it. Many years ago, National Library Week came with a bumper sticker, “Hug a Librarian!” which would get most of us in trouble today. However, while in prison we’d have lots of time to read.
It seems to me that if the rest of us had kept pace with a changing world as well as libraries have, we wouldn’t need grandkids to show us how to use our devices. As a card carrying member of “Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries”, also a supporter of the Roswell Public Library, I am constantly impressed by the facilities. Libraries used to have books and magazines and card files. Now they’ve added computers and talking books and books on tape and movies and only the head librarian knows what else. One of our local facilities has even been designed so that the stacks of books are no more than shoulder-high. This lets light filter in from the windows, makes the room airy and light. Who ever heard of a light, airy library? It’s fantastic!
I’m also impressed by the number of people using our local libraries. Librarians stay busy. By the way, “Saying you don’t need a librarian because you have the internet is like saying you don’t need a teacher because you have a calculator.”
There is a Charlie Brown cartoon that goes like this:
Lucy: See that building there? That’s the library. If you ever want to borrow a book, all you have to do is go in there and tell them which one you want, and they’ll let you take it home.
Lucy: Absolutely free!
Linus: Sort of makes you wonder what they’re up to!
I wrote a short story in Down to Earth in Roswell about the old Carnegie Library there. Click on the following link if you are interested. Short Stories