Welcoming Libraries

Chanel Polk – “I go there all year but I read like crazy anyway. I’ve been of the opinion that if I couldn’t read I would have shot myself a long time ago. Of course I don’t mean that seriously, but I don’t know what else I would do,” he said.

One Response to “Welcoming Libraries”

  1. Deb Waugh
    August 3, 2007 at 5:06 pm #

    This sounds exactly like me as a child. There was no more exciting moment for me than the day when the bookmobile came to town. I checked out the maximum number of books, and read them all in a week. We couldn’t afford to buy books then, but my parents knew how important reading was. This can’t be the only type of library patron we are interested in, though. We need to be attracting those who don’t know the joy of reading and show them how great it is. Even though I am a librarian, I have to admit I buy most of my own books nowadays. Our public libraries offer almost nothing new or interesting for adults. They focus on children’s books and trashy bestsellers (which don’t suit my tastes). Amazon makes it so much easier to find a book I like than the public library. OK, stop…breathe. Who else would like to comment? You may get a word in edgewise now.

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