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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Libraries evolving

I've always felt that the public library is the foundation of a civilized society. In fact, I've written most of my current book, Bombay Bhel (due to be released early next year!) in libraries. There's something about being surrounded by books that stimulates the muse, in a way that coffee shops don't seem to.

Today, libraries are about more than books. They've become community centers, hosting a variety of programs for children and adults. A recent article in the NY Times examines this evolutionary process. As much as things have changed, I hope that libraries will always have a collection of books, the old-fashioned, dead-tree kind. Maybe I'm asking for too much, given the longevity of paper and considering how much of the Great Library at Alexandria was destroyed. But I can hope...

Speaking of hope, I wish all two of my readers a very happy New Year!

2 comments:

Stratoz said...

Hoping right along with you. Margaret and I are huge fans of libraries.

Terri said...

I love libraries. But so far the neighborhood library in town is not very good and I have yet to make it to the big, main library, and the online library in this area is sorely lacking in available ebooks. That I think it a reflection on how bad the economy has been around here. Too bad. Because as you say libraries are community centers - but hopefully they are also sources of books.

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