Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Martin Luther King Jr. Day has come and gone and it was a nice pause in hectic schedules for reflection. The thing that strikes me most is how libraries have been in the forefront of equal opportunity. Think about it. A public building filled with books - free to check out. Even if you don't have a library card, books, magazines and newspapers are free to enjoy while sitting in air-conditioned or heated comfort. This magical place is open to any member of immediate and surrounding communities. You don't even have to be a citizen to enjoy the library. As an institution it is welcoming to all the diversity life has to offer. And other than the stern shush for quiet or sotto-voce request food be put away, libraries are quite laissez-faire over differing tastes in reading and information requests. Democracy in action and practiced every day. Join us.