In praise of public libraries…

I’ve said this before in this space, but it bears repeating: public libraries are amazing. Wee Oliver and I took our first visit to the children’s section of the Confederation Centre Public Library yesterday.

Oliver loves books. He will always favour playing with his books over playing with stuffed toys or other diversions. And so sudden being in a room with thousands and thousands of picture books, all free for the borrowing, was something of an experience for us both. Oliver especially lived the statue of Peter Pan in the corner; I think he though it was a Real Boy.

Anyway, when you step back and think about it, the whole idea of a public library is amazing. Amazing, and a stark incongruity compared to the way we tend to run the rest of the world.

Here is a publically supported organization which has as its sole purpose the edification and entertainment of all citizens. Their services are available without charge or prejudice, and they actually have smart people on staff to help you find what you’re looking for. And you can take anything home for a couple of weeks for free, just by showing your library card.

Next time you see your local librarian, thank them for helping to preserve such an important tradition.


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Frances Rukavina on September 6, 2001 - 01:33 Permalink

Right on!

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Sandy Nicholson on September 6, 2001 - 02:13 Permalink

I can’t agree with you more. I have always enjoyed libraries, but they have taken on new meaning since my daughter Riley became interested in books. She is now 19 months old and we try to get to the library to get new books at least every 2 weeks to satisfy her insatiable appetite. It is a wonderful service to have available in our communities. I am not sure what we would do without it.