Every time I walk into a library I think to myself, “Self, you don’t come to the library enough.” Such was the case yesterday when I went into my local branch of the LAPL.
Walking in for the first time in a while, I was so struck that I had to conscientiously try to step back and see the forest for the trees. Oh, how our country takes for granted all of the amazing-ness being offered by our public libraries FREE of charge.
There are book clubs. There are community awareness events. There are computers, periodicals, movies, exhibits, well-informed people, and on and on. Oh yeah, there are books, books, books, too.
Want a free workshop oh how to better manage your money? The library offers it. Want to see a short film fest of movies made by local teenagers? The library offers it. Want to learn how to read so you can actually take better advantage of all the goodies the library so generously gives out? The library offers it.
Do the bozos who want to cut funding from our public libraries realize the national treasure being pillaged by their short-sightedness?
I only checked out 5 books yesterday. Yes, I said “only”. Why? Because I wanted to force myself to need to go back. Just walking into a library makes me feel like I’ve done something good for myself. And as crowded as my branch was, well… it’s not like these are empty buildings the public isn’t using.
Libraries = good stuff. Keep on keepin’ on y’all.