I love libraries. I’ve loved them since the day I got my first library card at the age of six. Libraries are important. Not only because they provide free books to read, but they are important to the health and growth of a community and a society.
On Saturday, September 21st, the newly renovated Madison Central Library will re-open to patrons. I got a chance to see the new library before it opened and I was very impressed by what I saw. There may be some who will wonder what has happened to the libraries of the past, but that’s the problem. The world has changed. There are still books at the library, but there’s much, much more. The Madison Central Library isn’t the only library that has seen the writing on the wall.
If libraries are to survive they must meet the needs of those who visit them. The new library will have more computer terminals, more areas for people to bring their laptops, tablets, etc. and there will be more spaces for people to come together and interact. There’s even going to be a coffee shop. And I don’t think you’ll see any librarians putting a finger to their lips to shush you.
The libraries of the 21st century may not appeal to everyone, but I’m looking forward to the opening tomorrow of the new Madison Central Library.
If you want to see the photos I took at the library you can view them here.
With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how. – Doris Lessing