In an article entitled “Free entertainment, for life,” CNN Contributor Bob Greene, a bestselling author whose books include “Late Edition: A Love Story” and “Chevrolet Summers, Dairy Queen Nights,” reminds there is good news for book lovers, even in the wake of the grim news facing the book publishing industry.
“There are so many wonderful books that have been written over the centuries, books that will thrill you and make you cry and change you and bring laughter to you and keep you up all night. Even if you did nothing else for the rest of your life but read, you would only be able to get to the most infinitesimal percentage of books that you would be destined to adore. They’re just waiting for you — waiting to be found, right now.
“And in most cases, even in these rugged and scary economic times, they’re free.”
Naturally Greene mentions libraries as places where these discoveries await.
He quotes American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael, who told Greene about the “serendipity, the discovery inherent in finding books on a public library shelf. The act of walking alongside a shelf of books with their spines facing out toward you, and reaching for one and starting to look through it….”
Although he notes that public libraries are weathering difficult times, losing funds and cutting hours or even days, “the glory of the American public library system remains. Use of a library is complimentary for all who wish to come in. A library card is in almost all cases absolutely free. You can search for books yourself, or you can ask for, and receive, the expert help of a librarian.”
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