Years ago, when I was a child, I can remember my mother taking me to the library. She would take us to the children's book section and I would pick from my favorite titles.
Some of those titles included "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown," "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" or "Curious George."
I remember sitting and reading "Curious George" to my brother, who was about two years younger than me. He would sit and laugh, and make me read it to him over and over again. Oddly enough, it soon became one of my least favorite books, as I could quote it word for word.
As I got older the library became a place to study and conduct research for school projects. Admittedly, some of those projects turned into time spent with friends and late nights finishing what I should have been working on all day long.
Times have changed however, and the libraries have had to change with them. They still offer books, and all of my favorites are still available, but they have evolved. Today's library is about so much more than books. It is about community. It is a place for people to gather. The fond memories now revolve around poetry readings, line dancing lessons, story times, safety days and even concerts.
The library has adapted to the environment around it. The community needed a place to access the Internet, play games and find a favorite movie or CD. So the library became that place for them. The community needed a place to meet, share life and personal experiences. The library once again met that need. When the economy took a downturn, and people were struggling, the library became a place to search for jobs, get resume assistance and learn important life or business skills. As people aged, libraries began delivering books to seniors who could not make it to the library, and offered them technology and the training to use it in order to help them stay connected to friends and family.
The library has always been with us, through the good and the bad. It has been an integral part of many of our lives, and has been a thread that has tied the community together.
Throughout our lives, the library has evolved into a place for us to live, enjoy community and learn. It has always been there, no matter what has changed around it. For many, it has been the one constant that they could depend on to help them through the bad times and guide them through the good.
In the end, the library has evolved, but never changed. It has and always will be a pillar of the community.blog comments powered by Disqus