A 1941 picture of the new bookmobile in Davidson County, North Carolina. According to its web site, the Davidson County Library is the oldest county public library in North Carolina.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
What happened with Ohio libraries? They were threatened with huge budget cuts.
I found this week-old story from the Ohio Library Council.
Another story yesterday from the same source discussed canceled events.
About forty years ago I worked on a small town newspaper. We were inclined to run a story and then drop it, never follow up. The library story, not just in Ohio, but across the nation, is too important to drop.
In my search, I found rays of hope. Here's one of those.
When I think of libraries, I think of people like my wife. She grew up in rural Missouri. Her most important access to books growing up was through the library bookmobile. By the time she was in the eighth grade, she had read many of the books in that small mobile library several times. They tell the story in her family that if you wanted to find her as a child, you had to look up. She was somewhere on the "back forty" up in a tree reading a book.
She still reads voraciously, several books a week, way more than I do.
Libraries are one hope for the poor. They are a part of this nation's traditional commitment to make knowledge and education available to all, a commitment we are failing to carry out, by the way. And now, in many places, libraries have become media resources for the poor and unemployed.
Don't forget to support your local and state libraries.
PS If you didn't click on the picture, click here to see an interesting Davidson County, North Carolina, web page which reflects the pictorial history of their bookmobile.