The text below came from an e-mail I just received via a list-serv I subscribe to. The librarian who wrote it works in the same campus library as I do, and she’s a great mentor. I don’t know who Carolyn Hax is, but her shout-out to public libraries was great! I hope a lot of people read her chat today and it made them a bit more appreciative of great public libraries.
I will confess to everyone on MLA-L that what I most like to do Fridays at lunchtime is read the live chat from Washington Post advice columnist Carolyn Hax. I personally think she’s got the best relationship advice ever. Yes, I mean better than Ann Landers, and that’s saying something.
But what I want to share with you are the first words of today’s online chat:
Hi everybody, thanks for stopping by. Before I start, I’d like to send out a valentine to public libraries. I’m chatting from one today because it was the only way I could get my kids to and from their afternoon camp on time without messing with the chat times. I forget sometimes how spoiled we are by this resource—I’m in a/c, on free wifi, in a comfy chair and staring at stacks of great books.
This points up a few things, including the interesting phenomenon that even if people use the computers more than the books, they still like having the books there as part of the “feel” of this place.