I am not sure how these teens found their way in to spending an afternoon with me talking books, writing, craft, and so on but when I first heard of this library program, I thought to myself, “Where-oh-where was something like this when I was a kid?”
Perhaps, there were things like this and I was simply off spending my up-to-no-good youth in some up-to-no-good ways. But really, I think that what it more accurately represents is an elevation of how libraries have amped up the positive ways that they serve their local community.
And to think that libraries will not continue to do so in this coming age of “bookless libraries” is a mistake. Librarians are, in my estimation, more critical to the well-being of today’s kids and more thoughtful about how to best serve today’s kids than almost any other group I know.
Of course, I am happy to go give this teen’s writer workshop. And I am jealous that these kids are gonna get some hope, inspiration, nuts and bolts talk, and so on in a way that I never did. Perhaps it might cut years off of the development of an aspiring novelist’s craft. (There are other schools one can attend besides the school of hard knocks… though I’m too thick to have sought them out myself. 🙂 )
I only hope that the political fools who are foolishly slashing libraries and their funding wise up. Public libraries are a backbone of our democracy. We trash them at our own peril.
To all the libraries and librarian I never thanked, thank you. I only hope we have yet to rear another ungrateful generation of citizens who are better people as a result of all your un-thanked efforts. I’d say we should better appreciate you but that would be gravy. Let’s just save your existence so we still have the steak.