I was at the local library the other day and I wondered how long it was before such physical locations would follow the way of movie rental places. But then I realized that libraries should never disappear from our city streets.
Why should we be worried about an “obsolete” thing as a physical library?
Well, this is my thought on the matter:
You can pick up a book and read things written by another human being years, decades, or in some cases centuries ago. As a reader, you are able to delve into the mind of a person you have never met before. Here you can explore their thoughts, opinions, and views on life.
Or if you’re like me and like sci-fi, you can live out a dozen different lives. From some lonely space ranger defending her outpost from invading aliens or defending the galaxy as a Jedi Knight of the Old Republic, you can be more than just a human working through life on this little blue gem we call earth.
Libraries have always been part of my life. Growing up in the country had its benefits but also its drawbacks, especially since this was the time of dial up internet connection. If you don’t know what that is, ask your mom or dad. Libraries allowed me to expand my knowledge out in the middle of nowhere.
From reading about military actions of past wars to how to dig up dinosaur bones to reading about Captain Kirk and his starship, I had a wider range of interest than most kids.
But now libraries are going by the wayside thanks to the availability of the internet. But the value of the library is greater now. Physical books cannot be edited because someone disagrees with it nor can it be taken down with a click of a mouse because it offended someone. Books are sources of knowledge that is as close to written in stone as we can get.
Why do you think the great tyrants of history always supported book burning when they were coming to power? They may have said it was destroying the old but what it really was destroying anything that had a dissenting opinion, something that would make their followers think for themselves.
And therein lies the power of the library. To be a repository where anyone can examine history from the views of the people who lived through it. And then form their own opinion of it.
So support your library!